Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Beach House

Beach House, 14x18, Oil. 
We were invited to paint at this great Perdido Key home. As soon as I pulled into the drive, I saw my composition- the rising road, the house on the hill.
Even though this wonderful gulf view and gazebo were out back. I trotted back down the drive, set up shop, and painted my first impression.


Karen said...

Yes! We always have to go with out first impression! Love that path...
tell me about that color you toned your panel...why that?

Don Bishop said...

Well you just keep getting better and better Jill!
Nice work : )
Cheers, Don B

claire christinel said...

Just found your blog and I really enjoyed scrolling through and seeing all of your beautiful paintings. What is that color you toned your canvas with? Is it a transparent pink? Also down farther when you took out your sword to paint the blue bonnets, is that a cake decorating spatula? If so, great idea!

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi Jill!... Hadn't visited your site for a long time... so had a lot of catchin' up to do!

Well worth the effort it was! This current piece (first impression.... ALWAYS the best place to start) is a gem. Beautiful colour.... movement and design! Just the right amount of detail!

Both Dylan and "You" have it right! There are no "rules" in the painter's kingdom. When one understands and practises that and just paints... "Freedom's such an easy word...." Another song... another time... another lesson about rules!HAHA!!

Beautiful work Jill!

Good Painting!... and Summertime Dreamin'
Warmest regards,

Susan Roux said...

Lovely painting, lovely spot! Can you imagine staying in that house???

Carol Blackburn said...

Awesome one, Jill. Can you tell me why you use a pink basecoat? I always use white or grey because I know no better. My naiveness showing here! :)

Jill Berry said...

And a Good-Summer-Mornin' 2ya all!

'bout that coral/peachy "enchantment under the sea" color- a one-time-wonder. I had been getting lazy and not toning my canvas. I missed the rosy-glow, so- tossed some forms of reds & yellows into the pot w/ the turp to keep it thin. The official name- Mystique Underlings, Number Pink.

Karen! why? ~really~ i've explained this 2u before- it's all about the ~~vibrations~~. (i know i just woke up in this sassy-mood)!

Don- thanks for the big compliment. And, that is huge plein-air work that you are tackling! You may be familiar with Sandra Nunes of Brazil, she does that too.

Claire- Nice to see a new face! Welcome! That is a "super-sized" palette knife. I don't get to use it often because plein-air work is usually small. (When I go to KY, I'll check out my sister's spatulas, she's quite the cake-decorator these days!) ps- a credit card makes a good painting tool.

Bruce- Thanks! I appreciate the composition notes.
Yeah, paintin~dreamin~music~ & summertime too! I'm not a singer/musician but have enjoyed a few lyrics in my day. Actually, as I finished this the other night, I was into a Janis Joplin "trip" on Pandora Radio... "Freedom's just another word for nuthin left to loose"... somewhere along the way, she got real fired-up, & I was asked to turn down my music a notch!
Thanks again for visiting!

Susan, hey! Do you say that because it looks scary? Friends who know the owner were hoping she'd come home to show us inside. I peeked in the back- nautical paintings, antique church-like railings & balcony, a big telescope pointing over the water, arched-glass kitchen cabinet doors, a screen-porch with a swing! I would love it. Most impressive was the overhead stained-glass window. It appeared to be very old. In a circle of 13 stars was a memorial- "for the bravery of those from this church who fought"...
It does have that Gothic dark look, like in a Hopper painting.

Jill Berry said...

Carol- thanks!
The reason for a warm undertone is to add a sparkle peeking through the blues & greens in the landscape. I intentionally leave bits showing. (click on painting for upclose & look around the palms. Even under the drive-way.) To me, had I painted that solid Opaque white- it would be dead space. I try not to use too much white, sometimes utilizing the whiteness of the canvas with a thin wash of paint produces a vibrant sky- like in my previous post, when I didn't tone my canvas. I picked that up at a workshop last summer. We're all still learning. Thanks for following & commenting.

Marie Theron said...

A very nice painting and super sky, Jill!

Dusty Pines said...

lovely! and again, i really appreciate being able to 'watch' you work! that undertone for this landscape was just right. so interesting to see how you interpret your first impression! thank you!

Joan Breckwoldt said...

I love the composition too, what a wonderful painting. I can hear the seagulls when I look at this paiinting. It's great how you always put so many photos of you painting on location, that makes your blog extra special.

Chuck Dilmore said...

first impressions are worthy!
beautiful work, Jill!

Teresa said...

Love it... I'm always captivated by your color choices.... the fresh, airy lightness of your paintings.

Ralph said...

Amazing and inspiring work.

Paula said...

I think this was one of the first homes built out there in the 80's?? What an honor to get a chance to paint your interpretation.

Jill Berry said...

Joan- Thanks for the Extra-Special Comment!!

Many THANKS to YOU ALL who make my blog-world an Extra-Special Place!

Ralph- Welcome!
I so appreciate your interest in my work.

isabel said...

preciosas tus obras....!!!! en un marco incomparable...Felicidades!!! Un abrazo.