Saturday, May 30, 2009

Ever now and then we all have one of those days when the paintbrush and colors and canvass seems to hold magic. Today was one of those days for me.
I spent a good portion of the morning visiting with gallery visitors who were in the mood of asking endless questions and explaining how Aunt Martha paints. I was able to put down a fast acrylic underpainting on this gessoed masonite with a quick color scheme that I wanted. This was done in about 15 minutes and I was happy with what I had done. Finally about mid afternoon I was able to get to my oils and get to work. It seemed like the paint flowed without any fighting on my part for values and adjustments. Everything seemed to work effortlessly. In an hour I set it in front of Tom my pardner for critiquing and he suggested the lighter light just behind the trees. Five more minutes it was done.
We have been having some incredible cloud displays the last few days and nights and this is the inspiration for that. Besides I love doing clouds.
It is a 11"x15" Oil Painting on 1/8" gessoed untempered masonite that I gesso myself.
Several posts ago a question was put to me about wheather I liked putting down an Acrylic underpainting. I was not sure when I did that painting[The Mule Deer in the snow on canvas]but I sure liked how it workd with this painting.
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11 comments:

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

Love this Gary....you just can't beat big skies. I love it when one falls of the brush like that :)

Kathy said...

Beautiful!

Melody Lea Lamb said...

Its really just perfect and captures that lovely sensation of one's head turned toward the sky, mouth ajar, breathlessly taking in the big sky!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Gary, this is specTACular!!! Truly, this is a masterful work of art here, I am agog at the beauty. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog so I found yours. Thumbs up to you!!!

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Gary I love when I look at a thumbnail of a painting in blogs I follow and it just pops. What a strong work. It is really beautiful along with great comp, value and color. This piece has it all. Love It!

maria said...

I think this one is a favorite! Your blog/s are interesting... good place to spend some time. thanks

Morgaine said...

Beautiful !

Teresa said...

What a wonderful sky! Wow.

Robin Roberts said...

I'm enjoying both the deer and cloud paintings. I like them so much I keep going back! such a wonderful sense of mood and beautifully done.
Keep your boots dry!

Gary Keimig said...

Thanks all. Boots still dry. We continue to get crummy weather. Been a long time I have seen this much rain in Wyoming. The river has dropped back to bank high but there is still a lot of snow in the mountains. The old timers use to say June 13 was the high water mark for runoff. After 10 years of drouth I think it will be back to that this year. Weather Bureau who I am a volunteer for[I do their weather measurements etc.]tell me this is in the top 10 for high water since records have been kept.

Linda said...

This is an incredible painting, I often see skies here and my partner Mark & I discuss that if you painted it no one would believe it was that beautiful, you got it down on canvas,Hats off to you. The mule deer was great such patience with all the detail and scenery and beautiful nature at its best. Thank you for visiting. Lindax