Sunday, July 25, 2010

Limited palette month painting Nr5: 'Paid its dues'



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This old wooden wheelbarrow I found in the backyard of my father in law. It's been long since it has been replaced by a newer plastic and metal version.
Since it's still limited palette month this one was painted with:
Ultramarine blue
Transparent oxide red
Yellow ochre and Titanium white.

wheelbarrow oilpainting limited palette kruiwagen
' Paid its dues', Oil on masonite, 
15x20cm (6x8) © 2010, Erik van Elven

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Limited palette month painting Nr4: Cow oil painting wip



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This time a color-combination I'm more familiar with, ultramarine blue and transparent oxide red (and of course titanium white). I love these colors together, they make great transparent darks and dependent on which color dominates it's a cool or a warm dark .

I toned the canvas with a reddish acrylic to give the cold colors a warm glow.
Not quite sure yet if I call it finished or not, I will look at it next week with a fresh eye to see if  it stays as it is.


cow mist oil painting
' Blank stare', Oil on gallery wrap canvas, 
18x24cm (7.1x9.4) 
© 2010, Erik van Elven
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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Limited palette month painting Nr3



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This painting was painted using a palette that's used by the famous Dutch plein air painter Rene.

If you haven't checked out his blog please do, it's very inspirational. Almost every day he's painting the dutch landscape and cityscape.

Rene uses cad yellow light, kraplak (madder lake) or permanent alizarin, ultramarine blue dark and titanium white.


' Lonely tree', Oil on textured masonite, 
15x25cm (5.9x9.8), © 2010, Erik van Elven

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Limited palette month painting Nr2



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If anyone has a suggestion for a title I'm open to suggestions.

Another painting done with a limited palette. This one was done with the following colors:
Cadmium red light
Cadmium yellow (medium)

Ultramarine blue
Titanium white
I also put out Emerald green on the palette (unfortunately Viridian isn't available in the Cobra lineup) but I ended up not using it.
This is a very versatile palette which I'm planning to use a lot more in the future.


Oil on canvasboard, 13x18cm (5.1x7.1)
© 2010, Erik van Elven
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Monday, July 5, 2010

Limited palette goose oil painting



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July is limited palette month for me. I recently bought a set of Talens Cobra oil paint after using primarily Winsor & Newton for a long time. Since colors always vary between brands it's a good time to do some experiments with colors other than my usual set to get out of the comfort zone.
This painting was done with the Zorn palette, which consists of yellow ochre, cadmium red, ivory black and titanium white. Black acts as the blue here, which I found to be harder than I thought. I've tried to put some orangy passages next to greyish areas to make the grey appear to be more blue than it actually is.
For people-paintings I think it can make a nice base palette.

This guy I saw at the local childrens farm, he was being very inquisitive about me and my camera.


goose oil painting
'The neighbourhood watch'
Oil on canvasboard, 13x18cm (5.1x7.1), © 2010, Erik van Elven

Woopra real time statistics



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I was wondering if you are familiar with Woopra?
If not, you might like it. It's a nice addition to Google analytics or statcounter.
I first heard about Woopra on the This week in Photography podcast.

Woopra is a real-time statistics program of your site, so you can see in real time which visitors are at that moment on yourblog or site.
You really have to see it for yourself to appreciate it.
Trey Redcliffe has a nice video about it on youtube:





It's free up to I believe 30000 pageviews a month and it's very easy to setup so it's not a problem to give it a try.
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