Jun 27, 2011

The Red Hood

The Red Hood
Oil on linen • 12" x 14" • Sold
I had a great time painting the double lighting in this portrait. When rendering a subject under more than one light source, I try to make one light dominant so they won't compete with each other. In this case, the cool window light from the viewer's right is stronger than the warm bulbs from the left.

I tried to emphasize the reds in this picture by using three strategies:  
1 limiting my overall color range to include (mainly) just the red family and its two neighbors on the color wheel, the orange and violet families;  
2  subduing every color except red. Too many intense colors will compete with each other and weaken a painting's overall impact;  
3 reserving my most intense red color for just one spot (the model's shoulder). I had great fun applying pure cadmium red medium with my palette knife to define the sharp edge of the hood overlapping the shoulder.

Have a great day everyone! --Adam

Jun 20, 2011

Plein Air Paint Out in Hudson, OH

This weekend, my girlfriend Andrea Orr and I had the awesome opportunity to participate in the 6th Annual Plein Air Paint Out hosted by our gallery, Hudson Fine Art & Framing Co. The event was part of the Hudson Home & Garden Tour in beautiful Hudson, Ohio.

A Shady Seat
A Shady Seat
Adam Clague • Oil • 8" x 10"
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To kick things off on Friday, I painted a whimsical garden chair at one of the homes on the tour. Andrea painted a pergola decorated with a hanging basket.
















Hanging Basket
Andrea Orr • Oil • 5" x 7"
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That evening was the Quick Draw Event, in which the Hudson Fine Art artists were given just two hours to commence and complete paintings. I chose to paint the Brewster Mansion, home of Hudson Fine Art & Framing Co.

Brewster Balcony
Adam Clague • Oil • 5" x 7"
Sold
Andrea and I























Live Auction
When our two hours were up, all the Quick Draw paintings were sold at a live auction on the square.









Koi Pond
Adam Clague • Oil • 8" x 10"
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On Saturday, I found a shady oasis at one of the tour homes where I painted the homeowner's koi pond. Andrea painted a sunlit garden entrance.
















Climbing Clematis
Andrea Orr • Oil • 8" x 10"
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It was a beautiful weekend spent in the beautiful outdoors with my beautiful girl!

Until next time, Adam C.

Jun 1, 2011

Sam

One of my family's favorite restaurants is Café Muse in Downtown Royal Oak, Michigan. Café Muse is famous for its grilled cheese sandwich, which was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and in other prominent venues. Among the café's exemplary wait staff is Sam, whom I had the privilege to paint yesterday.

 Sam
Oil • 12" x 14"
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