Monday, January 14, 2013

Painting 'Toledo'


The original photo blown up on my computer screen.



 I zeroed in on a portion that interested me - created a good composition, formatted to a square and removed the 'unwanteds', like the clouds, some trees, etc.  Sometimes I add a guide line
down and across the middle to help me get started with proportions, 
especially when there's a building involved.



 So I have my square panel, already painted with a black ground and ready to go.
I draw the two guidelines and do a quick sketch, nothing detailed, with a light grey pencil.



 With the basic lines in place and the photo beside my tabletop easel, I'm ready to paint.



 I use a pizza pan for my palette - this is what a couple of days of painting looks like.



I generally start on the left side and work to the right to keep it clean.
And I just begin filling in with areas of color.



 I went back to the side of the house and felt out what the horizontal lines of the siding 
would look like, just curious I guess.



After working with the front, I changed my mind on the lines.  I wanted this to stay loose.



I worked my way thru the windows and tried very hard not to nit-pick with details,
just play with color and light.



I thought to add that little shrub at first....



Then nixed the shrub to accent the simple lines.  I liked that better.



Proceeding with the grass and tree then going back in all the areas with
adjustments to values, color, etc.



Last was the blue sky.  The color of the blue was chosen based on the rest of the
choices I made.   And ....  done.

 


50 comments:

  1. Karin I am SO excited that you are doing this! I find your process so fascinating, and so helpful. Thank you so much for generously sharing your tips. I look forward to every single entry!! :)

    I especially love seeing your decision making process, what you leave out, what you try, what changes you make throughout. It's awesome.

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  2. Ooooh, this is wonderful! Thank you very much! I'm a HUGE fan of your work, and I love this chance to see it happen.

    Can't wait for more!

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  3. Just love being by your side in the studio! Thank you for sharing your process.

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  4. I always love to see your process Karin. I learn so much each time. Thank you for doing this. I can't wait to see more! This was so interesting!

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  5. Thank you for sharing your process, I'm looking forward to peeking over your shoulder some more!

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  6. Wow - this is great! Almost lie being there with you! love tis painting!!!

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  7. So pleased that you have created this blog. I love your work and it is great to see your creative process from start to finish. Thanks for sharing, look forward to seeing more.

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  8. Fantastic, Karin! Thank you! Can't wait to see more. It's almost like being there ..... not quite as good. I miss your humor!! :-)

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  9. Awesome, Karin! You're so generous! Love this new blog!

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  10. Thanks for doing this Karin, can't wait for your next post.

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  11. Yes!! Thank you Karin, for sharing with us.

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  12. Thanks so much. I love to hear the "art talk" in your head. So helpful!

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  13. Thanks so much for sharing,I feel as if I have just attended one of your workshops!

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  14. Thanks for the little tutorial. Very useful reminders for myself.

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  15. Fascinating, Karin! Thanks so much for sharing your work and its process. I've been lucky enough to see your work often in person at 16 Patton - which I'm so sad is closing! Your work is wonderful!

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  16. Hi Karin,
    Very excited about your new demo blog! I love your paintings, the color, the compositions. They are always interesting and/or fun.

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  17. Wow...this is amazing! Will you be adding a "sign up for email updates" on this blog?
    Thank you for being so generous with this demo.
    Susan

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  18. Thank you for the new blog, Karin! I'm so excited about it! The painting is beautiful!

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  19. So grateful you are doing this, Karin! I love "walking" with you through the creative process and decision making. Thank you for sharing!

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  20. So fascinating that such a ordinary photograph can be transformed into such an exiting painting.

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  21. Oh my gosh - so interesting! Having painted from a live model in class for the last six years, I'm just starting to attempt to work from photos - the challenges are so very different. It's very educational to see your process.

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  22. Karin, I am still in awe of that video you did of the street scene where you painted left to right and so spectacularly, at that.
    Loved watching the process.

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  23. Thank you for sharing your painting process. It is very helpful to understand why you did what you did. I need to observe my own actions about decisions I make.

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  24. I really love to see your process. I watched you in Charleston during the auction/paint out when you were painting in the park. I was doing pastels then, but have switched to oils now, and wish I could go back and re-watch :-). Thank you for this new blog. It's wonderful!!!

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  25. Karin, Congratulations on this exciting new blog! You've always been a great inspiration to me. Sharing your process this way makes me feel like I'm peeking over your shoulder... just like I have for your last three workshops in Hilton Head. You are so generous and kind. Thank you for sharing information to help other artists.

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  26. Wow, Karen, Thank you so much for doing this! Loved your class in San Francisco last April, and my FAVORITE part, by far, was the demos. So happy you show each step. I am amazed to see the green color of the side of the house in isolation, and keep looking at the completed painting to see if it is still green, because it just reads dark yellow there. Amazing. Please PLEASE keep showing the original photo. I get discouraged if my photo doesn't look like a Karen Jurick painting. :)) Wonderful to see an ordinary house turned into this work of art. I have become a marketing zombie, and just tweeted the existence of this blog to other artists and painters. Susan
    www.SusanTantlingerART.com

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  27. This is fascinating. Thanks so much for sharing. I feel this may open new doors for me.

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  28. Karin, Thank you very much for this blog....I totally enjoy your work and your process...

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  29. Yippeee! I am SO looking forward to this blog.

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  30. Thank you. I felt like I was sitting beside you.

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  31. This is great Karen, thanks so much for doing this. You really are an inspiration to me. BTW- love this little painting. But I love all your paintings.

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  32. Thank you Karen for the insightful lesson. It is really great to hear the 'thinking' that goes into the painting -- what you added or left out and why. I know it's a lot of work to do the step x step photos and text and I want you to know that it is really appreciated. I love the little house and all your other work also.

    Thanks again.

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  33. Great Karin! Thanks for the wonderful insight! Very fun to see!

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  34. thank you! great post. so nice to see your process.

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  35. Wow! Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to see more.

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  36. Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Looking forward to following this blog. Why do you paint on a black panel? The painting is so direct and honest, love it really!

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  38. Thanks for sharing all of this valuable info. Love your paintings. My panel holder that I ordered from you is great...using it daily with small panels. Can't wait for your next demo on the blog.

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  39. I'm loving this new blog, Karin... It's so great to see your thought process when working these little masterpieces.

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  40. not that this isn't brilliant, thank you!

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  41. This is great, Karin! Thanks for sharing your process.

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  42. Just learned of your site - so appreciate your instruction! What color(s) do you mix/buy for these bright beautiful skies?

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  43. Great stuff' nice to see how you work and inspiring me to get the brushes out.

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  44. Brilliant idea KARIN, Just BRILLIANT!!!!!!!
    Bob Ragland

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