Friday, August 18, 2017

Sometimes You Get Lucky

I had gone up to Washington Crossing State Park to do a little fishing and or some painting. As it turned out they were cutting the grass on the grounds and the parking lot close to the river entrance was filled with equipment and trailers so I headed to another part of the park to paint.

It was a nice sunny day so it was a chance to practice painting tree groupings with their light and dark patterns and the shadows they throw on the ground. I got a quarter of the way thru when a woman and her dog settled down for lunch, I thought what a great chance to paint a figure into the landscape.



I used a few strokes for the major shapes that made the woman look like she was sitting there. The dog kept moving so I waited for him to stop for a second and laid him in the best I could.


The woman and her dog finished and left and I put some final touches to the painting.
What a great experience and a great afternoon.

8 x 10 oil on a handmade canvas panel.

If I had gone fishing first this painting would not have happened, sometimes you get lucky.




Monday, August 7, 2017

DPW challenge painting, " Light and Shadow

This weeks Daily Paintworks  painting challenge is Light and Shadow.
This scene was from an early morning walk through Neshaminy State Park this spring.
I was attracted to the long shadows the tree line was throwing on the field.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Making the best of it.

Last week I had gone to the park at sunrise to paint a particular scene, a scene I had painted before at sunset but I was not happy with the results.



When I got there the clouds had started moving in towards the sun and I knew I wasn't going to have the light I wanted. At sunrise the group of trees to the left get a blast of sunlight creating a nice contrast with the trees in the background. That wasn't going to happen today so I grabbed my camera and started taking photos to the right of me looking into the sun.
What interested me was the reflection of the sun in the water.
About a minute later the sun was swallowed up by the clouds and there would be no more sun that morning.
The Daily Paintworks challenge this week is painting water so I used the photo to help create my entry.
Sunrise Reflections,   6 x 6 oil on canvas on panel.
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/challenge/the-water-challenge/452

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Successful Rock Hunt


This was the result of an hour of rock hunting. The fun part is trying to find interesting shaped rocks that resemble something, a rabbit, fish,etc. And if it has a flat bottom and stands on its own that is a bonus.

Here is an example of flat bottoms.


When we bring the rocks home they get washed in soapy water to get rid of dirt and debris.
When they are dry I apply 2 coats of grey acrylic paint as a primer, after that they are ready to paint on.
This is when your imagination comes into play.

The smooth  rocks are good for painting an image on, you try to paint an image that goes with the design of the rock.

A good amount of time and work goes into producing a finished rock and the best part is when your customers tell you how happy they are with their new rock.
It is very satisfying when someone likes your creations enough to buy them, for that I am very grateful.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Winter Sky, Sunset

Winter Sky 5x7 oil
Daily Paintworks Challenge

This weeks challenge was to paint clouds. I selected a photo from the end of the day when you get the last rays of light touching the bottom of the clouds.

My gallery on Daily Paintworks is  http://www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/patrick-odriscoll-7651/artwork

Friday, May 5, 2017

Fly Fishing Art, Seclusion

11x14 oil    ( SOLD)
The places we seek out to fish takes a little effort to get to so its not often we see other fishermen, but when we do they usually have the same goals as we do so it is fun exchanging information on what is working on this day, or other streams in the area that have been fishing good lately.

The best part of it though is the seclusion from everyday life, a little downtime to recharge the batteries where your only worries are figuring out the best way to approach the trout without spooking him and hoping you chose the right fly.

Painting is very similar, your concentration is so focused you forget about life's problems even if its only for a little while.

Being cooped up in the winter gives me time to get all the fly fishing paintings out of my system.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Brown Trout Portrait


Brown Trout Study  5"x 7" oil

This started out as a study to see if I could do a decent portrait of a trout.
It gives me encouragement to paint something bigger.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

11x14  oil on wood panel.

A perfect ending to a peaceful day spent on a trout stream in northcentral Pa.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ringneck Pheasant  11x14  oil on canvas

This sat in the studio half finished since last year. The recent snowfall we just had rekindled the inspiration I originally had when I started this.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Scouting around for new painting locations

There is a park about 8 minutes away from me, Playwiki Farm Park, that has a paved walking path for exercise . I"m at the park at sunrise to walk 2 to 3 laps. The park has 110 acres, but I only utilized the walking path until recently I started exploring the other parts of the park.
The other day I decided to scout around for possible locations for painting. The one part of the park has a good amount of thickets and a small brook running thru it. I watched as a mink worked his way along the bank looking for food.  This is where I'll start tomorrow.

I went in the afternoon enjoying the 63 degree temps as I painted. I found a section of the brook to start at and did an 8x10. When I got home I refined the rest of the painting.



An important part of painting outdoors is having one or two locations close by so it makes it easy to visit them often. Luckily I have a few of these parks to paint at.

Another point is to have your outside equipment organized and ready to go. I've learned this the hard way more than once. Its no fun getting to your painting spot and forgetting either  brushes, or paints or panels. After a few times of that I decided to keep the outdoor equipment in one bag and it doesn't leave that bag.
You can see in the picture my outdoor painting stuff organized on the shelf.

On the top shelf is the bag with everything in it, paints brushes, rags, thinner and cigar box easel for 8x10 and smaller panels. On the second shelf is the big paintbox, to the left are 2 tripods, one for the cigar box easel the other for the big paintbox. All those panels on the second shelf are failed paintings that have received two coats of acrylic paint and now are ready for outdoor work.

The outdoor work is all about practice and learning about outdoor light. The sketches that have enough information in them can be used for studio paintings, and a good example of this are my last two posts where I was able to use the sketches to make studio paintings.
It doesn't work that easy all the time, but when it does it feels great.

Get out and enjoy the outdoors, its a great stress reliever.









Saturday, February 4, 2017

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage  11x14 oil on wood panel.

I finished this painting recently after about three different sessions on the easel. It usually takes that amount of time to get things adjusted to the way you want them.
One thing I've learned to do is to put the painting away for a while and when you bring it out again the areas that need adjusting stand out clear.
I painted this using a location sketch I did in November as reference.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Winter Sketching


A couple of weeks ago a stretch of cold weather had put a layer of ice on the lake.  I went out for a walk with my painting gear, and on days like this (overcast and dreary) I"ll have a little fun and challenge myself to find something interesting to paint.

What interested me was the zig zag pattern of the ice and the reflection of the land on the ice.
I did a small sketch capturing the important facts of the scene.


On days I'll be out sketching at different locations I'll take a couple of 11x14 panels and tape them off into 4 sections as seen above. The two panels fit into the slots on the back of the easel.
From the information I got from the location sketch and things I remember from that day I was able to do this 9x12 acrylic painting.
Thin Ice  9x12  acrylic