Acrylic Painting on Location
by Donald A. Jusko

Acrylic Painting on Location
Don Jusko and Tom Booth
Tom's Frontyard

Nahiku, Maui, Hawaii, 11-28-5, #944 & #945

This is my view. The top of the canvas is the bottom of the painting's view.

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We are setup to paint at 10:00 AM.
That's my friend Tom Booth already drawing.

Nahiku, Maui, Hawaii, painting setup

How to mix the greens you see.

Tip: The results are much better with transparent pigments, as opaque yellow does not mix as clean a color.

Sitting here in the middle of Maui's rain forest in Nahiku there are a lot of greens. Warm greens with yellow, orange or red in them. All of those colors darken to brown, so it's safe to say brown is included in making greens. Cool greens are made of yellow, cyan and ultramarine blue. And the darkest green shadows with varying amounts of magenta.

Pathalocyanine Green PG7=RCW31 is cyan, PB15.3=RCW25 and transparent yellow PY153=RCW1 mixed together.
Using pre-made Thalo green RCW31=PG7 will produce warmer greens. So of the two tubed greens warm side and cool side, the choice is the warm side, PG7=RCW32.

Thalo Green is the short cut to mixing the cyan with transparent yellow brown side RCW1.0.8=PY153.
Or use the warm/brown/side transparent yellow PG10, they are very close in hue. (2013, they stopped making PG10 in the early 2000's)

Into the yellow add either cyan or blue for two different greens. Yellow/cyan/white will match the middle to highlight greens with mixtures from more yellow to more cyan. The cyan/yellow tints will paint the color green from the reflected sky.

The other green made from yellow and the opposite color ultramarine blue is the start of the shadow greens. As the shadow green gets deeper it needs the opposition of green which is, magenta PR122=RCW13. This will mix into to black neutral.
An old tip is to always add a touch of white to your darks. That was when pigments were based on lead colors. It's still not a bad idea, it leaves you with somewhere to go.

Nahiku Porch Drawing Cartoon in Chalk
#944, My drawing was made with blue chalk and inked with this brush.

A long sable liner.

Brush and chalk for Cartoon

Inked in

The jar of clear liquid is Liquitex Artist Medium, a very good glue to make thin washes with extra holding power.

3:00, the end of the morning painting, Day 1, 22x30

I'm starting the second evening painting, 7.5x11

Second acrylic painting
Tom Booth drawing

Tom is finished with his drawing, he used charcoal, which also wipes off very easily. Notice that all the reflections come straight back to him.

Day 2, 11-26-5,
Tom starts his painting at the top left and works down, finishing as he goes down.

Tom Booth

Tom pre-mixes most of his colors.
Tom Booth
I go for 100% coverage and then work it to finished. Each color is made on the fly.

Day 2, Don Jusko

Day 4
Tom Booth finished his mastic painting today.

Tom Booth finished
Day 3 was a rainy day, I worked on the small painting that started as a cloudy day and progressed to a rainy one.

Small acrylic

Day 4,
I gave up on getting another sunny day, the background now is in shade and the foreground is sunny.

Don Jusko

Day 5,

I started at 10:00, it was sunny so I worked the middle ground where I have the sun.
By 1:00 it was cloudy and I moved into the background area. Some where in there, when everything was dry I took out my white Conti pencil and drew in my next changes and lines. The white areas at the top are where I used 2 layers of white paint to block out branches I moved.
I have 2 more days to finish these painting before I go back to Lahaina and work with my new 6 color Roland FJ-52, 52" plotter. I'm making my own giclee's now from past paintings that I photographed on 4x5 positive film over the years.

Day 5,

By late afternoon it was raining and I jumped on the little painting.

Nahiku, Maui, Hawaii, Day 4

The first thing I did was tone down the warmth in the magenta ti plants. And not much else, the rain was blowing in.

Day 5

Day 6, Tom's Palette
Tom uses a 5 gallon paint bucket lid as his palette and wouldn't trade it.. period. You can see how he pre-mixes his colors.

Tom Booth Palette
Day 6, Tom's second painting.

Tom started his second painting this morning.
It's the view from his kitchen window.

Tom Booth Day 1

Day 6, Don Jusko
The big one is taking all of my time, this one only gets touches every once in a while.

Don Jusko small day 6
Day 6 review,
Yesterday I left the painting with white paint drying. Two coats to get back to white again.

Day 5 end

Day 6, Don Jusko
The white corrections are painted in.

Day 6
I'm having a hard time..

End day 6

Deciding if the sunny area should be the morning or afternoon colors. It really depends on the weather. Today I changed it to afternoon sun, and that effected the surrounding tree color, tomorrow morning I may change it back. I know I'm changing the forground in the morning. I'm moving 4 steps to the right. Before, that was in Tom's spot.

Day 8, Don Jusko
First thing, I sanded the lower area I am going to change, drew it in with chalk and added two coats of jar white.

White out

Nahiku, Maui, Hawaii

Don Jusko, Day 8, 2nd painting
7.5x11, #945, acrylic on panel covered with linen.

Don Jusko

Tom Booth, Day 8, 2nd painting
12x16, mastic on panel.

Tom Booth

Don Jusko, Day 8, 11-28-5, Finished, #944
Today was the last day I could spend in Nahiku.

Don Jusko

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