Thursday, September 24, 2009


Moving along to sunset, here are a couple more studies.  Again, they're not completely finished as they need more glazes.  I'm attempting to do observation work to capture the time of day and the many colors it produces. And the best way to do that is to simply go outside and observe.  Also, color memory work is important.  I intend to keep a color journal and sketchbook in order to record what I observe as quickly as possible on a small scale.  This is a frontlit scene with the sun behind the viewer, the moon starting to rise in front.

This sidelit scene needs more glazes in the sky and ground.  Each layer of glaze really changes things so I'm trying to do it gradually.  But I do think the glazing stage is the fun part!


Anonymous said...

Janelle they both already look wonderful... any chance you could tell me more about the glazes you decide to use in your next post? r.

Jan Blencowe said...

I think color memory is soooo important as is actual observation from nature. I also keep color notes and studies in sketchbooks and journals, it's a fascinating study!

Enjoying your work very much!

Karen said...

You are patient! :) But how cool, to watch them slowly evolve and unfold.
I love the idea of a color journal, too.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Every time I click on your blog, and the paintings show up on my monitor, I literally say "Oh wow" out loud. There really is something so mesmerizing about these scenes. Perhaps it is because light is so important to everything we see, and focusing on the light transcends the picture to another plane. The one with the moon takes me to a place where I walk the dog in the evening, and have often marveled at the changing light. Really nice work.

Marion said...

Janelle, you're paintings are beautiful, so soft and luminous. You do with paint what I attempt to do with words. Artists and poets are two peas in a pod! Blessings!!

Celeste Bergin said...

looking great! I am tuned in to see the final versions.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Rahina - Sure, I'll tell you the transparent colors I use next time around. Thanks!

Hi Jan - Color study seems to be a never ending study, doesn't it? I can tell you do a lot of observation work from your paintings too.

Hi Karen - Sometimes I feel I'm running out of patience, but that there's no turning back:).

Hi Catherine - I'm so glad you like them, even as it is still a fairly new process for me. Thanks!

Hi Marion - Thanks for visiting! It seems poetry and painting have a lot in common!

Hi Celeste - Thanks for checking out my work. I love seeing what you're up to as you're constantly coming up with something new.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Janelle,

These are so gorgeous. I really love the warmth conveyed with this technique. And I so enjoy how you document your process. I'm learning the value of a journal.

Excellent work as always. :)

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Kathleen - Lately everything gets written down, so my pens are full of paint:). Loved the photographs from Estes Park!

Betsy said...

I love that idea of the sun being behind you and the moon coming up. And the pink clouds...gorgeous!

Joan Breckwoldt said...

I love your glazes, I can not even imagine how to begin to do that! Thank you for sharing, I find it especially interesting that you keep a journal for color! That explains a lot though. :)
I look forward to more beautiful paintings!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Betsy - Thanks! I think I could use your red Autumn photos as inspiration!

Hi Joan - I'm still learning, but feel like maybe I'm getting there :). Your angel is so touchingly beautiful!