Atmospheric Painting

atmospheric painting



Atmospheric Painting

Atmospheric Painting Notes

I do quite a bit of study on atmospheric paintings.  I like to play with that aspect of landscape painting. This haze-like atmosphere can be rendered through the use of multiple transparent or translucent glazes which imitate the actual haze found in nature. Just as real atmosphere mutes color and blurs edges, an applied glaze can do the same in a painting.

Atmospheric Painting

I have found that the addition of a bit of white in the glaze will imitate the effect of the vapor particles in the air. The the under painting could be a few values darker than the final value desired, but not necessarily. An atmospheric glaze might consist of a bit of white, ultramarine blue, and Paynes gray and a good deal of medium for a cooler effect or add a bit of Naples Yellow for a warmer neutral. This mixture will vary in color selection and transparency according to the effect you want.

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Atmospheric Painting

Through this type of glazing, the value and color of distant objects can be controlled in very subtle gradations. Opaque color will not have the same sense of depth seen in a glaze. I find that using transparent white or opaque  white to be a nice combination with a tint of color added to the mixture. About 4 times as much transparent white as the opaque and just a hint of cad red light, or Naples yellow, or halo blue, or ultramarine blue to warm or cool areas of the sky. You can experiment with this for best results with acrylics or oils.

I use acrylic glazing medium with the acrylics to soften and give atmospheric quality. I use transparent oils for oil work. They must be used on a completely dry underpainting.

Atmospheric Painting

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I have found that pushing the atmospherics with more blue or gray to be great fun. Adding layers to the distant trees, graying and blueing them as they recede is a great way to create subtle intervals in the scene. For me the best two ways to create distant intervals is to either increase the atmospheric quality or to change the color temperature of the opaque color relationships. I can put to tree groups adjacent to each other but change the temperature of one group to the other. The cooler group will recede in my view. The closer a tree is in the view, the warmer the color and the more distant, the cooler the color will be. This happens due to particles of dust and so the further away the object, th cooler and grayer it will be.  I play with this by bluing the distant tree lines, making for pretty color and more drama in the scene.

Atmospheric painting is great fun!

More musings for artists and collectors to come….


Today’s Recipe

This is a favorite for me:

Spinach Turnovers

Use one package frozen chopped spinach. You will need to squeeze the spinach very hard to get all the water you can out of it. It should be barely damp when you finish.

one small onion diced fine

1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled

2 strips bacon fried crisp and crumbled

1 can cooked chicken drained and crumbled

1 box philo or puff pastry dough

2 eggs beaten

a pastry bush

saute spinach,onion,bacon and chicken until blended well. Add cracked black pepper/salt to taste and fold in feta after mixture is cooled.

Use small squares of dough and place dabs of mixture in the center. Fold over and seal with egg. Bake on pastry sheet lined with parchment. Yummy!!!



Fall Doings

fall doings

Fall Doings

Fall Doings Notes

After a long and difficult summer, it’s time to be joyful for temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s for early fall in my neck of the woods and my fall doings. I’m out early most days on Deer Woods Trail to walk, read animal tracks, and watch the subtle seasonal changes. It is a great way to get my mind on the business of the daily painting session to come.

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Fall Doings

October is quite full this year with a big event at Fair Oaks Farm in Evinston, FL, the Autumn Paint Out October 27-November 3I am a volunteer for that event. I also have my annual Hot Dog Party on October 19th. Then there is a show with a tree theme at Blackbird Gallery in Micanopy to benefit Friends of Payne’s Prairie. November 29th, 3-6 PM.

Fall Doings

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i’ve been doing a lot of 4×4 and 8×10 paintings for the last several months. They seem to be popular. Unfortunately, I live in an area of Florida where the market is quite low end. Most of the artists in my area charge very low prices. They charge from a third to half what I charge for my work. Regionally, I am about in the middle of the price range for professional Florida and southeastern artists. It is hard to sell locally with so many artists charging so little, but I do sell my smaller work well here.

Fall Doings

In January 2020 I will gradually be moving my studio in the city, home to my Country Studio. The store where my retail studio is located will be moving to a smaller space without room for me. Due to this change, I have been slowly fixing up the Country Studio with a tea room, and making my studio as pretty and nice as possible for guests. It will work out and I’ll only have one studio to manage. I’m looking forward to hosting parties out here where it is beautiful!

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Cheese Tacos

1 cup shredded lettuce

2 diced tomatoes

1/2 onion diced

1 Pound Ground Round

8 oz Velveeta cheese

1/4 cup sour cream

1 package taco seasoning

Soft tortillas

Fry meat and drain. Return to skillet, add taco seasoning, cheese, and soy cream. Stir until combined and cheese is melted. Fill toasty meaandtoppngs. Add hot sauce as desired.



Marketing Changes

Marketing Changes

Marketing Changes

Marketing Changes Notes

I’m a bit woeful about the marketing changes for artists these days. I used to be really good at marketing and I suppose I am still good enough at it to make a living but I am beginning to disengage from it because I find it to be a poor fit. A few years ago marketing was about networking, making friends who were like minded, who loved art. Marketing was about personal service to clients and actually giving a darn about their needs and what their dreams were about. I am still stuck in that mode and it seems to be passe online these days.

Marketing Changes

Now it seems to be more about branding,  followers, and being an influencer, whatever that means. My good friend advised me this morning on all of the changes and tweaks I would need to make on my web site to attract buyers. I had my web site built  by an excellent designer. She taught me how and so I took over the task of updating and keeping it current. I poured my heart and soul into the site, making it uniquely mine, mistakes and all.

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Marketing Changes

Now I must make all  that to fit the formats which attract the most visitors. It seems so pointless to me, all of this manipulation of where things must go on the page, whether to use bold type or not, exact wording for key phrases, etc.etc.etc. Now I must march in step with every other web site out there to attract visitors. I have seen dozens and dozens of boring art web sites with that same format and it depresses me greatly.

Marketing Changes

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It seems that Internet marketing must become more and more homogenised to be effective. Now there are endless seminars and books on being organized, endless seminars on every topic under the sun to market and we should evidently spend about 18 hours a day on the fussy little ways to sell art.

Somehow we lost the fact that art buyers are real people, with hopes and dreams, not statistics. They are our friends and neighbors, our communities. Marketing should not be about calculation. We are not the old style used car salesmen in plaid jackets always looking for an easy mark.

Marketing Changes

Most of my clients become my personal friends. We chat back and forth on the Internet. I live vicariously through their dreams and their troubles as they do through mine. This blog is a testament to their lives as well as my own journal about life as an artist. I believe we have lost much of this with the new style of marketing. I think I want to remain the dinosaur that I seem to be.

Marketing Changes

I’ll go on with my friendships and continue to care about the people who buy my art. I won’t care a flip about all of the new techniques and endless organization. I’ll continue to make painting well my number one priority along with the friendships I treasure. I’ll continue to be humbled by the support I receive. I’ll let the rest of the world do aggressive marketing.

Thank goodness for blogs, where we are still allowed to be ourselves, though now I have to use a format for this too.

More musings for artists and collectors to come…..

Today’s Recipe:

This one is Delish and pretty!!

4 large ripe tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
fine sea salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste

On a large platter, alternate and overlap the tomato slices, mozzarella cheese slices, and basil leaves. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with sea salt and pepper.