Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Plein air at the pumpkin farm stand



Two weeks ago we painted at at farm stand in Patchogue. Here we are lost in the moment of total concentration.

I wasn't able to finish the 11x14 acrylic on location. The 11x14 shown is still a wip, unfortunately my interest in finishing this is gone. So it will be left for awhile, then I will try to finish, or maybe not.


Happy painting everyone.



















12 comments:

  1. Hi Joan.
    I see you are back in business, well done my friend. Please complete this painting. It`s coming along fine. I can see why you are fed up with it, The Pumpkins, is that right Joan? You have picked a hard subject there my friend. Just make the front lot more like Pumpkins, and the rest some likeable tones. Glad to see you back Joan. All the best.
    Vic.

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  2. Hi Vic,

    You hit the nail right on the head. Pumpkins, Pumpkins and more pumpkins. Had the same thought about just making the ones in the front more detailed and the others just an impression. To much detail drives me up the wall, oh yes, do love impressionism. My friend, my next painting will be more impressionistic.

    Thank you for stopping by, love your latest post.

    All the best to you
    Joan

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  3. Yipes!!! There are a lot of pumpkins there! lol I like the look of this. You should finish it.

    Missed you at Longwood today and last week. You need to get out and join us before it gets too cold to paint outdoors.

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  4. Oh does this look like fun!!! Great job!!!!! so, did you get a pumpkin after all??

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  5. Hi Joan!... I agree with Vic's take on your problem... and the solution!

    You were indeed brave to tackle that avalanche of orangeness... and the trick is to emphasize light and shape of a select few in your foreground... and diminish as Vic suggested... the rest to tonal shifts.
    Another strategy might be to perhaps let the pumpkins invade... and fill the left foreground and be larger still... leading the eye into the composition. Just a thought!

    Overall... I love the warmth of the piece. Too bad if you chuck it!

    Be bold!

    Good to see you "out there" Joan!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  6. PLEASE finish this, Joan.! I say the same thing ...paint the front ones and the rest impressionistic. Its beautiful so far! Don't give up on this one...I love it.

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  7. Hi Joan. I wouldn't have the patience to paint so many pumpkins or any object for that matter either lol. Vic's impressionist idea is absolutely spot on and will allow you to complete a really lovely painting. Nice to see you and your friends in action too :)

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  8. Yipes is so right Joan. What was I thinking. I am still trying to work out the composition and concentrating on textures as well. Love what you are painting.

    All the best to you,
    Joan

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  9. Hi Lin,

    It started out as fun until I realized the pumpkins were a bit much. On Sunday we went pumpkin picking my son and daughter in law and my grand daughter. We bought pumkins and apple pie. It was a fun day.
    All the best to you,
    Joan

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  10. Hi Bruce,

    This painting is like riding a bucking horse. Trying to hold on and be brave at your suggestion I made so bold changes. I will finish to the end. But for now I will paint something other than pumpkins. Thank you so much for your wonderful advice, it really helped.

    All the best to you,
    Joan

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  11. Hi Hilda,

    Thank you so very much for your wonderful encouragement. Yes, I am trying my best to make the necessary changes and hopefully I can save the painting. It can be so difficult at times. Thank you Hilda, for your support.

    All the best to you,
    Joan

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  12. Dear Michael,

    You and Vic are wonderful, having given me great tips. I actually got rid of most of the pumpkins. Michael, you were spot on, what was I thinking even attempting a composition that was not very good.
    All the best to you,
    Joan

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