We met there in the most incredible spring weather....I think it reached at least 80 degrees...it was calm and the skies were clear and blue. Wow, what a day. Amazing.
The Foundry is actually a collection of buildings. It is no longer in operation, but I think the history dates back to the Gold Rush, when the Foundry built mining implements. It's a great collection of wooden buildings. Unfortunately, they are pretty neglected...and in a decade or two, I'm sure they'll be gone. But in the meantime, what a wonderful plein air subject.
We had a great time painting and then repaired to Pizza Plus in Sutter Creek for some absolutely delicious pizza, and, of course, an ice cold 24 oz beer. Things don't get a lot better than that.
|The Old Foundry - Sutter Creek Oil on linen panel 12"x16"|
I'm pleased with the painting. Again I tried to plan before I started by doing a small sketch of the composition and the lights and darks. I wanted to resist painting and then correection, painting and correcting, painting and noodling. I blocked in everything with Transparent Maroon and Ultramarine Deep. After my first block in, I did not like the size and location of the building, so I wiped out most of it and blocked it in again. That's a real advantage of blocking in with transparent color line and wash on a non-absorbent oil primed panel. Once I had it as I wanted it, I began to add color and to define shapes with restated darks as much as possible. There was a lot of jumble and junk around the area. I felt it was critical to capture the feeling of that junk without getting caught up in rendering it. It's interesting how much you can suggest without really painting anything specific at all. Those intense darks in the foreground junk also made for some great contrast with the light areas in the foreground as well. I love the effect of that relationship....it gives such life and energy. This painting was a lot of fun.
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