Sunday, December 30, 2007

Landscape Painting with Dad




I go painting with my dad quite often. This last weekend we went to Paramount Ranch. If you haven't been there to paint plein air, you're crazy! It has an old ghost town-looking set that was the backdrop for Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and many other western sets from 1927 until present day. Here are my gouache efforts. The smaller two are 1.5" x 2.5" done in my moleskine sketchbook and the larger painting is on about 5" x 7" piece of illustration board. If you want to see my dad's he'll post it soon at his blog: http://sketchpainting.blogspot.com/

16 comments:

david said...

wow going paiting with ur dad!
im jealous. great paintings by the way! u and ur dad's paintings have a similar style. nice

-david

jeremy melton said...

Awesome. Beautiful, fun work. Its cool you guys get to do that. Great job.

Ben Mauro said...

those turned out great Craig! You are so lucky, i wish my dad was an artist.

Ink Giant said...

great paintings craig :p

Kinman said...

man... your whole family is talented.. these look like stills from an animation... sweet and juicy

Jackson said...

Lovely gouache paintings! I really like your loose stuff and the portraits. Thanks for the kind words and checking out my work.

sophan said...

man these look super fun.
i quess im one crazy mofo........in never heard of this place.

Tanner said...

Awesome stuff Craig! You just reminded me of how much fun and relaxing it is to paint outdoors. Gotta get outta the studio more.

Todd Harris said...

wow, you have some amazing work man, great blog.

KevinSwartz said...

Craig these paintings are very nice!

Dorota said...

Nice job.It is a great idea to go out and paint landscapes. I have been thinking about that.

John T. Quinn 3rd said...

nice work craig. i've never been able to conquer the landscape. i get overwhelmed and find it difficult to distill all the complexity into one image.

the ranch sounds like a good place to visit. i will have to get out there.

i think i prefer the smaller paintings as they seem more direct and graphic.

Craig Mackay said...

Thank you all for your comments! Did I mention the ranch is free to visit? You all should really check it out.

Dorota & Eric - you should totally do it. I'd love to see your takes on landscape painting.

John - I feel overwhelmed as well trying to fit all that complexity into a simple painting. That's why I went smaller and the result was more direct and took less time. I keep going anyway partly because I love going with my dad and partly because I hope to conquer the medium someday. I find gouache exhausting.

Mirella said...

Good job! I love it^^

Ry's Photo Blog said...

Very cool. I think the idea of someone going out painting with their Dad is fantastic. This looks like a place I'd like to visit.
By the way, you have a lot of blogs!

bigjiminy said...

Beautiful stuff all around Craig! I can't believe I've never seen your blog(s) before. You are a talented guy. Thanks for your kind comments by the way.