Lake Temescal, Oakland, CA

Oil on masonite panel, 8×10″ (Larger)

Sunday my painting class with Elio painted at a beautiful spot in the Oakland hills. Lake Temescal is actually a reservoir surrounded by trees, hills and park, just off Highway 24 and perched right on the Hayward earthquake fault. It was a lovely foggy morning when we arrived, and as the day progressed, the sun peeked out from behind clouds. Joggers, families, dogs and fisherman wandered by, also enjoying the springlike weather.

I’m happy that much of what I’ve been studying and learning about oil painting, perspective, color, landscape, composition, etc. is starting to make sense and I’m finding ways of working that feel good to me. I got a lot bolder with color in this painting, starting off painting freely with really strong colors, knowing that I could adjust and tone them down once I got everything blocked in.

I tried to make myself finish the painting within a 2-3 hour window so that I wouldn’t be painting a scene that had completely changed as the time passed and sun moved overhead.

Then Elio did a demonstration and explained how he using color temperature (going from a warm yellow green to a medium green to a cool blue green) to create the illusion of form and depth on a tree. The greens were pretty close in value but their color temperature changes really moved the warm part of the tree forward and the cool part back, making it look very round and full. The really cool part was that I understood what he doing and saying; previously it just seemed like magic.

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  1. This just glows, Jana! Your technique is realy starting to work for you – it seems as though it’s all coming together. Thank yuo for the tip about warm and cool colors – I see what you mean in the trees, and I’m going to try to incorporate that in my work.

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  2. I see what you mean in the trees, and I’m going to try to incorporate that in my work

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  3. GLORIOUS!!! Simply GLORIOUS!! That color is striking, Jana!! And I LOVE your note about color TEMPERATURE!! Who’d have thought!!! What a grand job, and yes, it absolutely glows!!! This one needs an audience hon — hang it high!!! BRAVA!

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  4. Jana, I can see the feeling of confidence in this painting. Don’t ya just love it when what you’ve been trying so hard to learn finally sinks in? I’m looking forward to getting that in my work.
    Nice to see your oil work and what you are learning along the way.

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  5. WOW! This is vivid. Wonderful work. I’ll bet Elio was pleased too! Yippee!

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  6. Absolutely lovely painting! Wonderful!

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  7. Jana — I think this is one of your best! I love the atmosphere. Beautiful!

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