Saturday, December 10, 2011

Rock Creek in Valyermo

Rock Creek in Valyermo by BYarborough
Rock Creek in Valyermo, a photo by BYarborough on Flickr.

9 x 12 water mixable oils on canvas panel. Plein air class this morning was in Valyermo. The fall colors are almost gone. It was cool, then nice when the sun came out, then cool again when the sun moved and we were in shade! When we stopped here, there was a doe getting a drink, she bounded back up into the mountains. A hawk flew over a couple of times. So cool to be out and see the wildlife!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Poplar among Cottonwood

Poplar among Cottonwood by BYarborough
Poplar among Cottonwood, a photo by BYarborough on Flickr.

12 x 12 Canvas wrapped board, using Cobra water mixable oils. Painted en plein air off road near Valyermo.It was a beautiful day for painting, the sun was shining, and the weather was mildly warm for late fall. It had been a couple of months since I'd painted, felt SO GOOD!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Small Wash Picnic

Small Wash Picnic by BYarborough
Small Wash Picnic, a photo by BYarborough on Flickr.

Yesterday Mike had the idea to pack up a picnic lunch and head up over the hills above our house. It had been too long since I'd had time to paint, so I immediately jumped up and had my plein air gear ready to go in about 2 minutes! I don't normally paint small, but decided on a 6 x 8 panel. This is done with WMO (Cobra) oils. It was 1 p.m., so not the prime lighting time for painting, but I take what I can get. LOL!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Soledad Canyon Wash

Soledad Canyon Wash by BYarborough
Soledad Canyon Wash, a photo by BYarborough on Flickr.

12 x 12 oil on canvas -- using Cobra water mixable oils. This was my first plein air workshop on July 23. I had one big obstacle, the water mixable oils got thick and gummy in the heat. I posed the problem on WetCanvas and was given several solutions to try. The next week (previous post) I tried one and had success! This painting, because of the gumminess I experienced, I had to touch up a bit at home. I also still needed to add the tree trunks and some spots of color on the sand.
The location was right in the middle of the wash, located in Acton. The sand in the wash was so thick I think the legs on my easel must've sunk a good 12 inches - LOL! It was a great experience and I thoroughly enjoyed instruction from Richard Gallego ( Rich's impressionistic style is very appealing to me and I hope I can get away from my realistic style.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Hot Hay in July

Hot Hay in July by BYarborough
Hot Hay in July, a photo by BYarborough on Flickr.

Plein air in Leona Valley, oils on 9x12 canvas. I did not realize how much hotter it would be to set up on hot, dry, hay rather than the dirt road. The heat reflected up off of the yellow grass hay and made the 3 1/2 hours out there pretty miserable. I did thoroughly enjoy the outing, though, and the scene was SO summertime! There were some blue flowers still blooming in the meadow and the contrasts of yellow and green were very appealing.
I continue to use the Cobra water mixable oils and continue to love them. I mixed linseed oil and water (50/50) and that worked perfectly as a medium to keep my paint smooth and creamy on the palette. Clean up is still soap and water.
My plein air paintings are done with a primary palette -- UltraMarine, Azo Yellow (which is being switched to Cad Yellow), Naphthol Red Medium and Titanium White. I'm finding that mixing in the field is very doable and sure makes for a lighter load in the french easel!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


July by BYarborough
July, a photo by BYarborough on Flickr.

The July challenge in the Watermedia Forum at WetCanvas was to paint something that described what "July" means to you. When I look back over my lifetime, there are four elements that were always present in the month of July. . .water, picnic tables, ice cream freezers, and watermelon.
When I was a kid, we'd travel from AZ to OK every summer (usually in July) to see family. I remember being at my grandparents farm and taking turns with my cousins sitting on the burlap bags that covered the hand-crank ice cream freezer as Grandpa would churn that ice cream. Grandma had a picnic table that my Uncle Ledger made from steel piping and heavy planks of wood -- it was built to last and it did! We'd always eat on that picnic table in the back yard. Cold watermelon was a usual treat, but I don't remember Grandpa growing melons. . .he had acres of corn mostly, but also one plot of land where he'd grow strawberries and then there was the "house" garden where all the vegies were planted.
Our parents would drive us out to Beaver's Bend where we could swim at the "swimming hole," and we occasionally went into creeks (although my mom didn't let us do this often because of all the water moccasins). We moved from AZ to CA when I was 12, the summertime trips to OK became every other year and then on the years when we didn't go to OK, we'd go to Lake Shasta and waterski every day for 2 weeks! Yes, we'd have watermelon, and we sat at picnic tables, but we didn't churn ice cream. As I grew older, water continued to be a part of summertime, we'd tube the Mokelumne River in Lodi, CA, paddleboard Lodi Lake, go skiinig at Hogan Lake or Comanche Lake and swim at the Lodi H.S. West Campus public pool. Now that I'm grown, my kids associate all these things as summertime "fun in the sun" and I can already see that they will become memories for my grandkids!
My challenge was done on a 5x8 sheet of Raffine ArtSketch paper and I used watercolor pencils (Faber Castell and Derwent Inktense) to paint it and Dr. PhMartin's Bleed Proof White ink for accents.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Reworked - Three Joshuas at Sunset

I toned down the mountains with a layer of glaze and deepend the orange just behind the mountains. Not sure if this is the final or not. . .still studying it on the easel ;-)