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Old Central California Oil Sketches

Postby Rebecca » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:48 pm

Greetings sketchers,
I've been packing for my move to the desert, and uncovered a few oil sketches from more than 10 years ago. Each of these took under an hour with no touch-ups after. Even as I painted, the scene transformed and forced me to work from memory. I loved going out to make these sketches, and I bet I'll do a lot more around my new home, getting to know the area's light, color and rhythms. I think I'll try some other application techniques, but I'm not sure what those will be yet. Well, back to packing!

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Re: Old Central California Oil Sketches

Postby Andre Jute » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:50 pm

Super color schemes, with a definite family resemblance.
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Re: Old Central California Oil Sketches

Postby RajeshS » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:51 am

Wow Rebecca.

These look deceptively "simple". Yet when I studied them - each is such a great composition, each has colors that somehow are so "balanced" and real.

In some there is such a "huge" view captured in the "small" canvas - the one where the mountains are cropped made me feel as I am in a valley - with the large masses sourrounding me. It's that kind of space feeling!

You seem so home with a desert!

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Re: Old Central California Oil Sketches

Postby Rebecca » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:46 pm

I really appreciate these comments, guys...

I noticed things have been somewhat quiet around here -- perhaps I should post more findings from my studio, just to keep the pot simmering.

Have the quiet people been sketching? Let's see your latest!
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Re: Old Central California Oil Sketches

Postby RajeshS » Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:01 pm

Rebecca wrote:Have the quiet people been sketching? Let's see your latest!
:oops: :oops:

Yes - Rebecca - I've been sketching. But been awfully irresponsible - thanks for the push! Posted some sketches.

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Re: Old Central California Oil Sketches

Postby Russ » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:18 pm

It's amazing how you sketch in opaque paint with a brush!
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Re: Old Central California Oil Sketches

Postby RajeshS » Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:49 am

Russ wrote:It's amazing how you sketch in opaque paint with a brush!
- there is such a Van Gogh feel to them!
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Re: Old Central California Oil Sketches

Postby mdmattin » Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:11 am

Hey Rebecca,
Beautiful paintings! I especially like number 4 with the backlit trees, number 5 with the river running through it, and number 7 with the precipitous descent and boldly stated trees.
Are these on paper or canvas? How large are they?
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Re: Old Central California Oil Sketches

Postby Rebecca » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:49 pm

Russ, Hmm, you've got me thinking. You know what's odd? I do think of these as sketches, but I start with a line drawing. The drawing is done as fast as possible, but it doesn't look like a sketch at all. I need it to make the sketch over the top look like an unlabored casual treatment. And yah, the paint is opaque, yet I feel that doesn't disqualify it from being a sketch. :)

Hmm, again, Rajesh... Van Gogh. I guess I see why you say that. He painted in a century when artists showed more paintings with thicker and more colorful brushwork. I like Van Gogh paintings. He let the paint be thick all over the canvas. I might try more of that.

Thanks, Matthew. These are on resin impregnated paper, 8" X 12"
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