Here is an 8 x 10" study from sketches made north of Southfork, Colorado.
Yes I've taken some liberties with color and lighting, and loving working with only red, yellow and blue + white.
Nice to put to practice the art theory that I've touted over the years with hundreds of students, namely, "you can make any color with red, yellow and blue".
What do I love about it?
The color scheme is harmonious and pleasing, plus it pushes me to THINK about color while I paint.
Here's a small painting from sketches I made at Monument Valley.
We headquartered at Mexican Hat, Utah. Damn, it was soooo hot. I hoped to paint on location, or at least at the motel but it was too hot.
Monument Valley was incredible, but fairly crowded with tourists.
Later, we drove through Valley of the Gods...just east of Mexican Hat. Virtually no one was there with the exception of a few "boondockers" who waved in a friendly way, but I could tell they hoped I would just move along.
How is it that I think I have time to keep up a blog when all I do is eat, sleep and paint?
This might be an exercise in futility....I think I have started 3 or 4 blogs in the past, and each one has shriveled up and died from lack of time (interest?) on my part.
Well let's give it a go.
Since the beginning of December, I have been painting tiny (to me) little 8 x 10" acrylic studies.
The initial idea came to me because when I was stretching my 24 x 24" canvases, I had a 14" selvage of left-over canvas that I "saved" thinking I would use it sometime.
After stretching a few canvases on 8 x 10 stretchers, I decided to save space and time by painting on a flat 12 x 14" canvas, pinned to a board, with the 8 x 10" area taped off and sealed with acrylic medium.
You can see in the photo below how much space I have saved, since I have painted around 60 flat paintings.
Micheal W. Jones
Thoughts and work from a mid-career artist working his ass off every day
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