Thursday, January 29, 2015

HERONS, WETLAND NATURE PRESERVE by TOM BROWN

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This wetland Nature preserve is another of my favorite spots to paint, and while I was there I shot a couple of photos that are interesting to compare with my painting.
In one of the photos you see a white heron at the water’s edge. These are magnificent birds and they often stand as still as a statue for prolonged periods of time. I am guessing they’re waiting for just the right snack to come along. But the neat part for an artist like me is that they make great models because they don’t move. This makes it easier to put them into a painting.
I hope this peaceful scene brings you a sense of relaxation and a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. If so, then I’ve accomplished my goal.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HOME, TREES, SUNLIGHT and SHADOWS by TOM BROWN

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The eye-catching contrast of golden sunlight and cool shadows drew me to this one, and I couldn’t resist capturing that effect in this colorful oil painting. I liked the way the warm sunlight washed across the scene, creating a golden glow on the house at the side of the road. The warmth of the light was further accentuated by the cool shadows and the overall effect was quite beautiful. I was pleased with how this painting turned out, and I hope you like it too.
Thanks for stopping by and have a colorful day.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE with an AMUSING TITLE by TOM BROWN

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This tree seems to be doing its best to move uphill, and that suggested the title for this piece, “UPWARDLY MOBILE.” I particularly like finding scenes to paint that offer a momentary escape from the stress of everyday life. And this peaceful setting is a perfect example. I enjoyed painting it and I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I hope it brings you the same sense of peace and restfulness that I experienced when creating this piece. If so, then I’ve accomplished my goal.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

TREES, LAKE, PEACEFUL PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE by TOM BROWN

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This peaceful lake is one of my favorite spots to paint. I’ve returned many times and it changes each time. The lighting can be different, skies may be clear or overcast; it looks different during different times of the day. Seasons change the appearance of course, and other things influence it too.
But it is always a pleasure to paint. I always come away very relaxed and refreshed. If you feel some of that same sense of escape from the pressures of life while looking at this painting, then I’ve succeeded.
Have a peaceful day.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

RED TAIL HAWK, OAK TREES, TIPS FOR PLEIN AIR PAINTERS by TOM BROWN

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In the detail photo of this painting you can see a hawk circling above the oak trees, apparently looking for prey. I believe it was a red-tailed hawk. This beautiful bird spent a good deal of time circling the area as I painted the scene, and it finally disappeared downward in a lightning fast dive. That’s when I decided to add him to the painting. And it gave me the title for this painting, “SKY DIVER”.

A tip for artists: It pays to be prepared so that you can capture things like this in paintings. In my Plein Air Workshops I encourage my students to practice their color-mixing at home; not on location. And to pack light. I always take ONLY what I need, and I prefer equipment that can set up instantly. When the inspiration strikes I like to get right to it before I lose the “vision” of how I intend to capture a scene like this one.

Sometimes I want to do a painting like this on the spur of the moment. But often there isn’t a place to sit down to paint. So I’ve devised a hands-free painting kit that I can use without an easel, even when standing. A photo of this kit in action is shown below.

Nothing captures the moment like a painting done outdoors on the spot, working directly from Nature’s inspiration. It felt very rewarding to be able to capture this moment in an oil painting, and I was quite pleased with the results. I hope you like it too.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a mellow day.
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