Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Painting In Progress

I've never met Elin Pendleton but I've been a fan of her paintings for years. It seems she burst onto the "scene" as a equine artist but lately has transitioned into landscapes with horses - beautifully. I found her blog (to the right in my blogroll) by accident. It inspires me.

A few years back I was asked to jury an exhibit of equine art sponsored by the Black Stallion Literacy Project. Elin entered a tiny gem of a horse headed to the paddock at the race track. I recall lots of vibrant grays and energetic brush work. I voted her piece "best of show". The other jurors agreed.

Elin sells these nifty flash cards of eight that represent various times of day. I couldn't resist. The cards illustrate not only the time of day but are also packed with information and suggestions for color, value, and ideas to capture the corresponding light.

I don't paint landscapes nor do I enjoy them. A client has a certain "request" and has granted me plenty of creative freedom. This beginning piece is the farm of my good friend Julie K. here in Ocala. You'll recall that I painted a rare plein air sketch a few weeks back at her place while horse sitting.

thoroughbredBeginning oil on canvas, 30"x40'

I'm using the flash card "late morning, early afternoon" as reference (it's late morning). The flash cards really simplify getting the "feel" of the atmosphere and light. It suggests adding a cool yellow into the sky which makes it greenish. When I read that I thought, yuk, but it really works in a subtle, cohesive way. This painting is progressing quickly.

"Occasionally, I like to select a mentor, a master, and let him guide me through a revision of one of my paintings... I try to move into his terrain, bringing my own ammunition... I do not believe... that this belittles my own personality." - Rico Lebrun


Nancy Moskovitz said...

Sharon, I'm really glad you like Elin's cards. Your painting feels very much like late morning and has a great start.
Frankly, I think it's unfair how good you are at landscapes (given you don't them or like doing them) and at that very first plein air you ever tried. sigh

Elin Pendleton, AAEA, WAOW said...

Sharon, what a delight to see this painting--with the color influence of the Color System Flash Cards! It is amazing to me to see how those little cards make such a difference in artist's work, without affecting their painting style or subject. Great beginning on that painting!

Linda Blondheim said...

Beautiful Sharon,

Sharon Crute said...

Nancy: I think the cards are a hoot and can be helpful to any artist painting anything. Thanks for the off-handed compliment (!) but you ARE THE most award-winning artist I've ever met (and deservedly so). Soon, you'll have add on to your studio to make room for them all...

Elin: The cards are fascinating and I'd love to know more about your mentor/teacher who inspired them. Thanks for visiting!

Linda: Thank you and, a compliment from a landscaper painter of your caliber is an honor.