Thursday, August 13, 2015

"Atlantic Summer"

30x30" oil on canvas

I'm enjoying painting on larger canvases. In some ways I find it easier than painting small. I like using larger brushes and having more room to work. The challenge on a larger canvas is the drawing. It can be hard to get everything mapped out. 

I've posted some progress shots of some larger work on Instagram @chamberlainpaintings. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

"Last Light on Broadway"

12x12" oil on panel

Achieving color harmony can be challenging in a cityscape. Most scenes are predominantly grey with random bursts of color here and there. Including all the colors present can be visually distracting and break up the overall design. I've been experimenting with a limited palette in order to keep things more harmonius. I used Cad Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Cad Red Light, Ivory Black, and Titanium White for this painting.

Monday, August 3, 2015

"Boat on the Beach"

30x30" oil on canvas

I've been feeling the need to paint outside again. It's nice to get out of the studio into the open air once in a while. I know there are painters who feel that they do better work on location, but I'm not one of them. The longer I paint the more I realize the importance of a strong composition. When I paint outdoors I'm often in a rush to capture a scene before the light changes so I make quick decisions about design. I'm trying to get better about slowing down and thinking a painting through before picking up the brush. This paintng was done in the studio but I'll post some of my outdoor work soon.