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scouserl41

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on: November 10, 2018, 01:29:57 AM
I haven't lifted a pencil or brush all summer/ We've been travelling around the Great Lakes exploring the Upper Peninsular in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas.


Last week we arrived at our "winter Quarters" in Arizona and immediately I plunged back into the local arts groups. I took 6500!!! photographs and now it's time to paint. Lighthouses have been a major subject for my camera.
Eagle Harbor Light
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I alsp have a Plein Air Group meeting tomorrow afternoon to paint a sunset at a ghost town. Never having tried a sunset "Live" I thought I'd better practice tonight.
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Reply #1 on: November 10, 2018, 02:22:15 AM
Good to see your work again, Brian.  I, too, love lighthouses.

Have fun in Arizona.

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Reply #2 on: November 10, 2018, 03:55:55 PM
Thanks Mary Anne
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Reply #3 on: November 11, 2018, 08:44:07 AM
Love the lighthouses  :clap: :clap: :clap: Just check the horizon on the second one  O0
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Reply #4 on: November 11, 2018, 02:00:56 PM
Nice paintings Brian, I especially love the first lighthouse. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #5 on: November 11, 2018, 03:46:11 PM
Love the lighthouses  :clap: :clap: :clap: Just check the horizon on the second one  O0


Thanks Dennis, a bit of photo distortion there I think!

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Reply #6 on: November 11, 2018, 09:13:04 PM
Fabulous - love the sunset as well :heeha: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:


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Reply #7 on: November 12, 2018, 06:41:48 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow, Brian, I just love all your paintings which are excellent. Your colored pencil painting looks so smooth and very neatly done as they all are.  Great job. Enjoy your Winter stay in Arizona and looking forward to seeing much more of your work.


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Reply #8 on: November 18, 2018, 12:51:59 PM
I do have a love of lighthouses, especially those of old. There's nothing quite like the feeling of first sighting that distant light while miles out on an inky sea and black starless night. Love your depictions of these two.  O0
Your sunset is great, you have to work extremely fast when painting/drawing sunsets in life. Well done you.  O0 :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #9 on: November 18, 2018, 02:50:35 PM
Thanks for the nice comments and welcome back Val! Hope things are coming together for you at last. The studio looks great.
You are right about how fast you have to work on sunsets. I did a practice piece because the AZ Pleine Aire society were having a "Paint Out" at the Goldfield Ghost town in Apache Junction AZ. It was scheduled to start at 3pm which I took to mean a sunset painting.
They have done "Nocturns" in the past, which is painting in the dark! I decided o go equipped for anything and bought some LED lanterns knowing how fast it gets dark this far south, and painted the practice piece from our patio.

It turned out to be a painting of "Superstition Mountain" which has a "Magic Hour" for light just as the sun gets low.


I'm really getting excited by Pleine Aire, but in reality I've been painting outside for some time. I just didn't realize it had a fancy name!!
Brian
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Reply #10 on: November 18, 2018, 03:42:24 PM
Brian,

Nocturn painting sounds like fun.  You have made a good first attempt.

Maybe some shading to anchor the buildings in the foreground, even shading a bit at the base of the mountain.

I really like this and am excited to try something similar.  Might attempt an indigo wash overall to make it more nighttime looking.

What a view from your patio!!!

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Reply #11 on: November 18, 2018, 04:50:26 PM
Thanks Mary Anne,
The picture is a little "False" I enhanced it to bring out the colors and it overdid it. The mountain isn't from our patio, that was at the Ghost Town. The little sunset was from the patio. There are better views in the park but I got lazy and painted what was handy!
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Reply #12 on: November 19, 2018, 12:36:14 PM
I have so many vistas to chose from it's quite overwhelming!  :-\   So I'm just going to start with a few warmup paintings to get going again. I have one view from the roof looking south toward the lake I will definitely have a go at in a bit. I'll go take a few snaps of the views from there. Some gorgeous sunrise and sunsets as well. I'll have to see if they can compare to those of the ocean and jungle, they are hard to beat.
At present just trying to adjust to these lower temps... actually had to get woolly socks!   :faint:
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Reply #13 on: December 02, 2018, 07:21:48 PM
Good start to your plein air journey. Keep going :clap: :clap: :clap: O0


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Reply #14 on: December 02, 2018, 09:23:28 PM
We were out again yesterday at a place called Scorpion Gulch south of Phoenix Arizona. This area is all desert but the recent rain has greened it up.


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