Painting in the Autumn wind
October 18th, I was waking up to the feeling of a beautiful fall day. Finally I have been able to get out to do some Kelowna oil painting plein air style. I walked along the harbour and stopped at the docks just in front of Rosie’s pub. To do a sketch
The plane floating down along the walk way made a perfect painting. I set up my easel and laid out my colors. I am keeping it down to just 3 colors and white as is much easier to mix and to carry. I have lots of paint from picking up extra tubes of paint I obtained for a Dominik Modlinski’s workshop. Tomorrow I am hoping to get out once again and this time head out to mission creek and paint some trees.
The 19th today and I woke up wanting to go out to mission creek. It was another day as I started off through the main entrance to the park. A noticed a beware sign for bears, ( the protector of the forests ) in the area was posted so I walked down on the springfield side trail towards KLO bridge. I walked to where about I could see the bridge crossing in the distance. Being a Scorpio I took a trail leading towards the water and a bed of rocks. A perfect location for a painting in the Autumn wind. Leaves blowing from the tree tops the force of nature at work.
I went out again to Mission Creek on Saturday the 21st. The spot was interesting as the gold and orange color highlighted the water and the rocks surfaces. The trees and thick brush that cast their shadow in the sun brought a interesting display of secondary colors. The leaves were from a gold orange to golden yellow.
That rock I thought that was so comfortable wasn’t and my butt was getting sore. I shift from one side to the other each time becoming more painful. I can get it down part of the basic part of my composition . I will finish this at home or just save it for when I do a large studio painting.
For the next few days I literally felt sore and like someone had kicked me in the back. I took a break for the next few days. I feel bad when that happens taking away the excitement and buildup to finishing an outdoor painting.
Many of such compositions exist along the Mission Creek searching the skeleton of nature and its lines . I was thinking to myself that I can always come back to these places. So I continued on to search for some more of natures colors portraying fall and the time when everything seems to be the magic that begins to happen.
I could spot what appeared to be the right place I was looking for. There I set up my easel taking in the air and scene around me. I laid out a simple palette of Ultra marine blue, cadmium red light, quinacridone red, cadmium yellow light and titanium white. I can mix up some beautiful purples from ultramarine blue and quinacridone red. Wonderful oranges of cadmium red light and cadmium yellow light and quinacridone red. I also laid out gamblin chromatic black for some interesting greens .