Saturday, September 18, 2010

'Icecream anyone?'



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My entry this month for the virtual paintout. This month the place to be is Manhattan. And although I saw many great locations with huge skyscrapers en beautiful yellow taxis I chose this intimate view of an icecream stand at Central Park. The dappled sunlight on the umbrellas and the floor was very interesting to paint. I used the palette knife in places like the light hitting the umbrellas, and modified some of the edges with a brush. Fun!

I used a limited palette here of Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Alizarin, Cadmium Yellow Light and Titanium White.


'Icecream anyone?', Oil on masonite, 
18x15cm (7x5) © 2010, Erik van Elven

17 comments:

René PleinAir. said...

Love it, only it's such a shame that you hardly can get a nice composition with Google street-view, I looked around on virtual paint-out, but I never could find a nice scene for myself.

I like this one a lot, and wonder how you liked this palette, and if you'r trying to get out to paint a real Ice-cream stand as well?

Erik said...

Thanks Rene,
I agree it's hard to find a good composition with Street View, especially the strange viewpoint from above the car in the middle of the road takes getting used to. Also the resolution is pretty low but with a little imagination a lot is possible.
I received the oil paints today so going to do some tests with them at home and then we're going to make an plein air appointment soon. (Probable going to be somewhere halfway in october since my brother and his family from Australia are visiting us until then.

The palette was nice but still I would add burnt sienna to these three colours to make a quick and transparent dark. The little touch of cad yellow to make the dark less purple and more black gives the dark a little murkiness. Your tip about first mixing a burnt sienna-like tint was helpful.
Thanks Rene.

Jesus Estevez said...

Good work Erik,I agree with Rene, it is difficult to find a nice composition with Google street view, but you did find one and a good one, plus it just look like a plain air painting, I like the way you handle the brush stroke .

René PleinAir. said...

What you could also do Erik, is mix the leftovers from your palette together, it will result in a lovely greenish colour which is marvelous for pré sketching and toning up and down, ...

René PleinAir. said...

Or an initial wash, like David showed on his DVDs, ... works great!

Erik said...

Thanks Jesus, I'm having fun with these brushstrokes of thicker paint, feels like you're sculpting with paint.

Erik said...

Thanks Rene, but how do you keep the mixture fresh since it's always at the end of a painting session, do you put the paint in the freezer or do you put it into empty tubes?
By the way, with me the palette scrapings are always a pinkish tint, not very nice. I guess the alizarin is a bit overpowering, or I squeeze out too much of that color on the palette :)

Nancie Johnson said...

I love this one Erik. I agree that finding compositions via Google can be difficult, but we can take what small parts we find and then enhance the design. I think you did that very well here. Wonderful color in this and I love paintings that are a glimpse of "life."

Erik said...

Thank you Nancie!

René PleinAir. said...

[quote]Thanks Rene, but how do you keep the mixture fresh since it's always at the end of a painting session, do you put the paint in the freezer or do you put it into empty tubes? By the way, with me the palette scrapings are always a pinkish tint, not very nice. I guess the alizarin is a bit overpowering, or I squeeze out too much of that color on the palette :) [/quote]



I paint just about everyday so I don't have that problem, ... I do however clean my palette once in a while to get rid of all the dried films, I grain the leftovers with a glass slider with a little linseed oil and put it into little film canisters. I use kraplak medium from Rembrandt maybe that's a little less strong, anyhow I get a lovely greenish colour which works awesomely for all kinds of washes or toning

Erik said...

Thanks Rene, film cannisters, that's an idea. I'll check with the local photography shop.

Sally Evans said...

Hi Erik, thanks for stopping by my blog. Gosh, I looked for ages before finding that view! That and the motion sickness I got from zooming out, panning, ahhh. But its all worth it hey? And much easier than traveling all the way there. I love what you have done with the ice cream stall, it is lush and bright, as should all ice cream outings should be!

Erik said...

Thank you Sally. True, all that turning around can make you feel motion sick if you're not careful. But it's fun to participate :)

Ingrid Christensen said...

Great painting and I love the concept of a Google image for reference. Must give that a try.

Erik said...

Thank you Ingrid! Means a lot to me coming from you.

Amanda Jones said...

I like this piece. As you said you obviously had elements of the painting that you wanted to play up, the light on the umbrellas and the dappled light. The fact that you put the focus on that is what makes it a strong piece.

Erik said...

Hi Amanda, that's a very nice thing to say. Thank you!

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