I haven’t been to this spot for over a couple of years. This particular area is rich with hydraulic gold mining history. Easier for me to refer you to this link about the history and general info Malakoff State Park.
I would ask my husband about this rock and the others but I am in a hurry to upload this and he isn’t home yet. The rocks were amazing and this next painting had a good start but I got lost in the colors and therefore, struggled with my values. (below)
I decided to go abstract once I got home and tried to rescue it, no worries, I can flip it over and paint on the other side.
With this painting, I lost my whites and I decided once I got home, to flip it to a horizontal presentation and painted an abstract feeling of the scene. I felt total freedom and joy in doing this. This is a miracle considering that I have always wanted a perfect painting in years past.
North Bloomfield is the headquarters of Malakoff State Park and many of the buildings have been restored and turned into museum displays.
I spent some time to build up layers and it has been a long time since I have painted buildings en plein air, so I am rusty. I changed out the white picket fence for a wrought iron one. No harm done, I don’t have the knowledge or patience how to handle a white picket fence at this point. I hope to be practicing more on buildings. This turned out too tight for my taste…..no thrills for me on this one.
My Learning Points:
- I love painting with Daniel Smith’s Lunar Blue….perfect for these rocks
- If a painting doesn’t turn out, make an abstract out of it or turn it over and paint on the other side.
- It is perfectly fine to wash off a painting though some strainers will not totally disappear, learn by trial and error.
- I prefer loose and fancy free. Working tight always dulls my fun.