Painting on Location

Jacaranda 3,000'

15" x 11", oil on panel, # 869
June 15th, 2002

Day one, 11:00, painting in oil today, and tomorrow ....
I found a fully blooming jacaranda tree and a good parking space.

Since it has been so long since I've worked in oils, I decided to paint this without extra medium. Only turpentine. Turpentine offers a lot of control, slow drying and less yellowing.  I hope the next painting is one using alkyd medium. I would like to experiment adding some oil and balsam until it is paintable for a day and dry on the next.

I had to wipe it clean with turp in a couple of places.
I was too timid in my "rag in" stage. I should have covered the whole support with one basic monochromatic color of different densities. Just to get all the shapes right.

Here is day one. 

Day 2. I had a tough time of it today. It was too beautiful of a day, I had no cloud coverage. I'm painting the image with cloud coverage. I couldn't add any new colors today.
Day 2.
An art student wrote me yesterday asking for paintings representing a complementary scheme, a triadic and monochrome scheme.
This is what I told him.

Painting a complementary color scheme from nature is easy, it happens all the time. The one I'm painting now is a striking set of complements very big in area. Numbers 36RCW#15 and 36RCW#33 on a 36 Real Color Wheel.
Dioxine Purple and Permanent Green.

The closer the colors are to being primary complements the more powerful the opposition that is produced.  Here is a yellow and blue opposition with the jacaranda blossom, a primary set of color oppositions.

Color excitement is the main thing I look for in my next painting.
All paintings are triadic because all colors come from the primary triad of Yellow, Magenta and Cyan, they devide into the secondary split complements. Complementary color oppositions are found within the triadic scheme of YMC.
Monochromatic painting.
Any painting done on a foggy location would be monochromatic by adding light to all colors. Subtracting light in the evening also makes a more monochromatic bunch of colors.
Here is a monocromatic white on silver that I use when painting in that old style called, Pictura Transluceda.

Jean was painting with me today, here's day one, two and 3.
That girl can last six hours at a stretch.

Day 3,
A beautiful day, all clouds.
I really needed this after yesterday's sun. I had to quit and go see a polo championship. Nice the way things work out.
So many of my colors were off it looks like another painting now. I can breath easier. Tomorrow should finish it.

Here's the finished oil painting on day 4.


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Jacaranda Paintings from 2002 to 2008

5-20-2 Early Spring Jacaranda Acrylic
6-5-2 Highest Jacaranda 3,500 Ft. Acrylic
6-15-2 Jacaranda and Driveway 3,000 Ft. Oil
3-21-3 Silver Oak and Jacarandas 2,000 Ft. Acrylic
#897 4-24-3 one Acrylic three Knife Oils
4-29-3 to 5-7-3 Oil
4-11-3 Acrylic 30x22
5-21-3 3,000 Ft. Acrylic
June, 2005, Kula, Copal Medium, Oil Medium, Water Color Medium
5-22-3 Knife Paintings Oil
5-27-03 /acrylic
4-26-5 mastic and wax
May 2005, 2 Oil, 1 Mastic and Wax, 2 watercolors
4-26-6 Mike's house Acrylic
4-29-7 to 5-9-7 Oil
5-10-7 to 5-20-7 Holy Ghost Church Acrylic
5-10-7 to 5-20-7 Kula Post Office Jacaranda Acrylic

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