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Random Stuff

October 7, 2011

Time is short this morning, but I hate for a Friday to go by without posting an article of some kind.  So… here are a couple of really random pieces of work.  One is fairly recent; the other is several months old.

Untitled, 8x10, Gouache

This is one of those pick-up-a-brush-and-start-sketching kind of things.  A random scene pulled out of the cobwebs at the back of my mind, with light, shadow, and a couple of hours of just doodling around with the paint.  This is just more experimentation, seeing what a limited palette of burnt umber, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, yellow ochre and titanium white will do.  Fun stuff with no pressure whatsoever.

426 Haralson, 8x10, Gouache (Plein Air)

At the other end of the pressure spectrum is this plein air piece done on the last day of the Southeastern Plein Air Invitational this past April in Gadsden, Alabama.  It was done on the morning of the last day of the event.  While I was able to relax and have a good time, there was also great pressure to perform well.

The first was total play, with no time restrictions, no observers, and an imaginary subject.  And, if I so desired, no one would ever see it.  The second had to be done in a specific time period, with onlookers watching to see if I was capturing a very specific subject, and would be on display for a month in the Gadsden Museum of Art to be judged by everyone who passed by.

It’s interesting to put two different pieces done under completely different circumstances together.

Being an artist is more fun than anything I’ve ever done in my whole life.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2011 12:41 pm

    Lovely work as always Ralph. I believe I see an Eric Tiemens influence in the first painting???

    • October 7, 2011 1:14 pm

      You do, Hal. This was done about the time I was doing all the other little sketches a week or two ago. Thanks.

  2. October 7, 2011 5:51 pm

    This is fantastic! I admire your work! Love the church. It may be made up… but it’s believable and they are both lovely paintings!

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