Wednesday, December 30, 2009


"Catch It While You Can" 10" x 20" oil/c

Christmas has come and gone. I'm taking
the rest of the week to create
a few larger pieces. I am finding
this elongated format to be an exciting
one. This was one of those days where
the clouds are moving real fast and
the light patterns are constantly changing.

You look down at your palette to mix
paint for an area you think is in shadow
only to look up and find the same area
basking in bright sunlight. You mentally
have to commit to the scene and keep
it logged in as you paint and then ignore
the constantly changing light patterns.

It pays to have practiced the quick block
in back in the studio. It also helps to do
a quick pencil sketch where you indicate
shadow patterns or a digital shot with
the camera with a large viewer you can
refer to while you paint.


labrown said...

Nice Rusty. I just received a Richard Schmid landscapes book and there are a number of paintings in this format. I like them a lot!

Rusty Jones said...

Santa brought me Schmid's book. Great book! You should check out "Patrons Without Peer". Includes paintings by Bob Kuhn, Richard Schmid, Matt Smith, Tucker Smith, Len Chimel and several others. Good table top book to have in your collection.

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Steve Atkinson said...

Kickin' Butt again Rusty. This one really nails it. Wish I owned it :0) I hope you have a Rockin 2010!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Great painting Rusty! Love the format :)
Happy New Year to you and yours!

Rusty Jones said...

Thanks Steve and Jennifer. It means so much when you stop by and leave comments. I wish you both much success professionally and personally in 2010.