Tuesday, August 20, 2019

SQUAM STILLWATER: Five Pines { 7 }

What would happen if one combined the Japanese like elegance of native
pines with 15th Century Florentine musical ratios by way of the Greek
Philosopher Pythagoras ? Let's find out.





Squam Stillwater: Five Pines ( in-progress)
James Aponovich
oil on canvas, 24" x 18"



The painting has stood in a corner of the studio for the greater
part of a month. I had to attend to a Sunflower painting. Now it's
back on the easel so I repainted the sky ( 8 colors & values) and
the water ( 10 colors and values).

The sky is dry so I begin the
arduous process of painting the pines, plus the distant
mountain and hills. Did I mention I hate the color green?





Detail


Friday, August 2, 2019

WHAT'S OLD IS NEW




Barga: Berries in a Chinese Bowl
James Aponovich
oil on canvas, 8" x 10"


I would bet that every painter has paintings that just won't
cooperate. They usually are found in some corner of the studio
where they wait. Sometimes those Ugly Ducklings are given a chance
to flower. So it is with this little painting, probably started 
20 years ago, just finished.....a little gem.








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Thursday, July 18, 2019

SQUAM STILLWATER: FIVE PINES {6}


What would happen if one combines the Japanese like elegance of native
pines with 15th Century Florentine musical ratios by way of the Greek
Philosopher Pythagoras?  Let's find out.....





MID POINT 
( But still swimming upstream )





Squam Stillwater: Five Pines (in progress)
James Aponovich
oil on canvas, 24" x 18"


Finally the entire surface has paint on it. I want to
emphasize that this is only the first coat. By the time the
painting is finished you will not see this layer. This is the
'Ugly Duckling' stage with all the miscues and warts
showing. I now let it dry then scrape it down smooth and
start over again. Are we having fun yet?

Oh, I should mention...there is something happening
where the air and water meet.  (?)





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all rights reserved

Friday, July 12, 2019

SQUAM STILLWATER: FIVE PINES {5}



What would happen if one combines the Japanese like elegance of native pines
with 12th Century Florentine musical ratios by way of the Greek 
Philosopher Pythagoras? Let's find out.......


THE FIRST GO-ROUND: Part II


Squam Stillwater: Five Pines  ( in progress)
James Aponovich
Oil on canvas, 24" x 18"


GROWNG PAINS

I have just completed the 'Blocking In" of the trees and other
reflections. So far, nothing in this painting is finalized, just 
the basics are established. Now the real ( a,k.a. tedious)
work begins with a very, very small brush.....every twig
and pine needle and then everything is repeated in the reflection...
Did I mention I hate repeating myself?

Fortunately I have to wait a few days for the paint to dry.
Company is coming for the weekend anyway.




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All rights reserved 




Wednesday, July 10, 2019

SQUAM STILLWATER: FIVE PINES {4}



What would happen if one combines the Japanese like elegance of native
pines with 15th Century Florentine musical ratios by way of the Greek
Philosopher Pythagoras?  Let's find out.....




Squam Stillwater: Five Pines  ( in progress)
James Aponovich
oil on canvas,  24" x 18"



THE FIRST GO-AROUND

The first coat of the sky (and water) is dry. Now it's time to
'generalize' the trees with color. There will be more detail to come
but now I want to establish how the light is....not easy.
Mt. Chocorua is just catching the last rays of the setting sun
and glows with ember like warmth. The tips of the trees are
also barely in sun while their bases are in cool shadow.

Now I have to repeat this in the reflections.






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Monday, July 8, 2019

SQUAM STILLWATER : FIVE PINES {3}


What would happen if one combines the Japanese like elegance of native
pines with 15th Century Florentine musical ratios by way of
the Greek Philosopher Pythagoras? Let's find out.


THE BLOCK- IN



Squam Stillwater: Five Pines  ( in progress)
James Aponovich
oil on canvas, 24" x 18"


I now need to cover the entire surface of the canvas with a coat of paint.
 Since most of the painting is sky ( or reflected sky) I can rely on
my ' sky progression' sequence, ie. pale Naples Yellow transitioning
into Ultramarine Blue. There are usually seven colors of deepening
value, each reflected in the water. The land is a soft Cobalt Green
with Mt. Chocorua bathed in distant sunlight.

So...with all the blues, violets and greens everything is quite cool.
That usually means I will want a 'Hot Spot'.
Stayed tuned.....





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Friday, July 5, 2019

SQUAM STILLWATER: FIVE PINES {2}




What would happen if one combines the Japanese like elegance of native
pines with 15th Century Florentine musical ratios by way of
the Greek philosopher, Pythagoras?
Let's find out.


THE WASH



Squam Stillwater: Five Pines ( in progress)
James Aponovich
oil on canvas, 24" x 18"



The oil wash does a couple of things. First, it covers the pencil with
a thin semi-transparent coat of oil paint. It also darkens the trees so
that I can see them through the subsequent coats of paint.

By the way, after the first twenty minutes or so, 
the 'fun' is over. It's all work( albeit enjoyable) now.





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