Saturday, March 9, 2013

Field and Stream, Part Two

Green, Green, Green!

Sorry that I didn't post yesterday's progress on this painting. First, I didn't get a good photo. Second, the day began and ended with snow shoveling. And third, there was a Red Sox spring training game on television. Mea culpa, mea culpa!

Here's the painting as of the end of today's session. If you remember the previous photos, you'll see that it's made up of many, many superimposed layers.

Much will be changed. The tree on the right is holding the place for a skinny tree that will be mostly a tracery of branches, acting as a counterpoint to the full tree in the center. 

The bottom right corner has much to be done. And all the stream's edge, and the stream itself, still need to be really painted. Most of the sky has no paint at this stage.

Painting a canvas that is almost entirely green is a bit of a challenge, and probably the hardest sort of painting for me to make. One must have a variety of greens, but they all must be within a reasonably narrow range, both in color and in values. (So please be kind.)

C.K. (she knows who she is) asked for a detail the other day, and so I've included one from this version, today.

Hope everyone's painting. 

St. Patrick's Day, March 17th (a week from tomorrow), I'm giving a talk and demonstration at the Newburyport Art Association. Hope to see you there.


An Evening with Donald Jurney: gallery talk, demo, and crit
Sunday, March 17, 6:30-9:30pm

Cadeau d'Anniversaire, Oil by Donald JurneyThe NAA is privileged to have noted landscape painter, experienced teacher, and speaker Donald Jurney in our galleries for a special evening open to members, non-members, artists, and non-artists alike. He will begin the evening with a talk, followed by an extended painting demonstration. During the demonstration, Mr. Jurney will answer questions and share techniques.
Although not a requirement to attend, participants who wish may bring one work in progress for Mr. Jurney to critique after the demonstration. Artists will not want to miss this special opportunity!
Door prize of an autographed copy of his new book, Donald Jurney, Selections from the French Sketchbook will be offered.

Members $20, Non-members $25


Newburyport Art Association
65 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

Telephone: 978-465-8769




  1. Ah, GREENS. I must admit they still scare me but these are masterful. I look forward to seeing how you do it in June! Which out of the tube paints are the basis for these, and what do you use to desaturate them? Do I detect a W&N Prussian Green?

    1. Hi Bruce...Aren't we going to have fun at the workshop in, green, everywhere! I've probably used all the greens on my palette, plus a visitor, Sennelier Alizarin Green Lake (used as a mini-glaze, it helps tame greens that are too yellow). As far desaturatng the greens goes, I usually do as much taming in subsequent layers as I do in initial mixtures. A favorite is taming "Kelly" greens, or what I call "Lifesaver" green, with a later scumble of green-gray mixed with a smidge of alizarin crimson. More at the worlshop!

  2. Thanks Donald. I guess I have lots of work to do.