Sunday, May 29, 2016

May29_2016   A new canvas study of Ferne Clyffe State Park in oil paint.


Canvas No. 1

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Above drawing: Original color pencil (1995) of Giant City State Park (So. Illinois) by: Mark W. Tribley (salty the dog wasn't born yet)
Updated Sept2_2017  note: a friend commented on how this image appears here.  The actual canvas has a much different appeal, with more detail adding to what "makes sense" in an impressionistic painting.  I have been trying to eliminate the intense orange.  M.T.
Sept17_2017 A closeup of the brushstrokes.  Viewing the canvas as it is here on the easel.  Working on brushstrokes of color, my intention to create an impressionistic work, and not a photo related, though I compare by looking at the lake all year round.  To me it is serenity, a work for my home giving me that feeling.M.T.

1970's  Argentine Gauchos and Snow Scene  Original artwork by Mark W. Tribley



Another artist and myself have discussed my progress on this painting and it has many problems.  If you view it from several feet back, it blends together as Impressionistic painting is known to achieve.  Still, it is only an experiment.  If it were not for adding gray, it would be even more harsh.  I need to paint outdoors, and not from a photograph to learn to find my style of painting that I am looking for.  With the spring weather coming soon, it will be time to get outdoors and stop using a photo for the natural look of landscape.  A difference between the current photo and those taken outdoors on the easel in sunlight makes the canvas look more dull.  More editing needed to be done just to make the photo as best as I could make it look to the actual canvas.  Trust me that the canvas does look better, and I do enjoy having something to look at with each successive change at the end of the day, if for no other reason.  It makes it apparent to me that I need to start an new painting subject, then I can come back to this one for additional changes.

      Applying glazes using medium.  This morning, Mar. 6, I thought I would experiment digitally in my editing software on the color of the sky, as I want to change it when I paint next on the actual canvas.  This took a matter of minutes to spray and change the sky.  Due to the difference between the actual painting and how it translates when photographed, upon further thinking, the painting will remain with the present sky that is not shown here.  On another note, I have been watching many paintings by - You Tube artists, being just amazed, with the ability they have applying paint - with all the mixing of just a few basic colors, and how they use their brushes to apply paint, and the use of the pallet knife (Oil Painting).  My time on the Internet now is spent learning about painting.  It is the most relaxing and enjoyable study imaginable.  I can only paint for myself with to hope to someday, with practice, have the ability of these great artists.  Frustration over painting is not like anything that causes misery.  It is making little steps forward, and figuring out ways to accomplish a very difficult form of creativity.  March8_16  The digital image for the previous day has been removed. Working on the canvas sky after all with some energetic brush strokes of purple, green, and gesso white, cerulean blue and mixing medium.  It is creating a gray tone to the sky with a very visible purple and green.  The pure Cerulean Blue was overpowering the tree browns, yellows and greens, before.  Working in acrylic most be done quickly.  Updated 3_13_16  With some difficulty making the photo appear close to the actual canvas I did some editing here.  It is not what my canvas really shows in my studio, and it is a work in progress.  Lots of work to do.
3_17_16  A quick explanation about photo shown here.  The colors are more brilliant and there is now dimensionality as with perhaps Edward Hopper for example, as I am striving for.  I am working with values of gray and will work more with color of the reeds later. (There is much golden,purple, and green/blue, in the top of the reeds the photo is not showing)     The development of brushwork is something that with practice is being done with the very small brush working very fast, blending grays, over previous color.  Finally, a photo taken outdoors in sunlight, showing good detail and color.  My sketchwork examples may be preferable to how the painting is becoming - more complex and needing more work, to be a Hudson River painting, or simplified, such as Edward Hopper.  This is an experiment, and why I began this as a new canvas keeping the sketch canvas, without going further, as I can get lost, and am getting eye strain.  Hundreds of hours of practice make me learn a great deal about painting, and my next attempt will be with oil painting.  Painting outdoors is always preferable to having to paint from a photo.  However, sometimes my original photo's serve me well, and without them, I would not have what I need for inspiration.

Working on it.

Dec. 8, 2015    Perhaps some explanation is in order if you may have been following my posts, or not.  The purpose of these posts are a learning experience for me.  Having to do with color harmony, and brush technique, while using a photo which has been my source.  I wrote how the need not to copy the photo directly is important, and basically the goal is learning to paint in acrylic paint on canvas.  I am so appreciative of the great artists that I view and read about, and would like to paint even though an amateur.   I realize this is boring to most, and please encourage anyone to paint, as it can be enjoyable.

This canvas is 24 by 36 inch.  Different grades of canvas are available, this being the best surface.  There is little difference between this and the next step down from what I can see until using a new one, which is the lesser priced.  Then there is a "watercolor canvas", being lighter and different texture, also less expensive.

November 28, 2015 a new arrangement and composition.  I have saved the first canvas as my sketch to work from.  This canvas can be worked to a finished art work without having to worry about over working it and getting lost over the importance of staying thoughtful of basic composition.  I see how useful yellow is as a harmonizing color, balancing the the cool colors and browns.  

Links to two great artists:

As the acrylic painting on 24 by 36 inch canvas stands presently, please refer to previous post (Dec. 10, 2014)

Salty overlooking job on insulating porch floor facing south door.

Layers of Styrofoam cut to fit tightly and then glued with Liquid Nails and silicone caulk.  Next to the sliding glass doors (facing East) I used expanding foam to insulate down into areas under the door and north wall. As I go along the floor boards are able to be screwed down into place.  Walking through the porch area to the north portion of my home is around this every day.
Here is the final top layer of Styrofoam cut to fit and caulked with clear silicone around edges.  The project has taken 2 months now.  R values, R standing for "Resistance" range from R-50 to R-18.  The largest R value being next to the concrete block east wall down to the ground where the hill goes down and the gap becomes greater.  Living on a slope has it's advantages as when it rains all the water is drained quickly as I live at the top of a small hill.

Today, May 17, 2015 after some painting yesterday perhaps it is noticeable that there are no hard edges or lines compared to my first canvas.  Staying in a tints and shades of colors also as compared 
to full reds, greens, and yellows.

 (click on photo, scroll with middle wheel, for enlarge)
Updated June 29, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

In March of 1973 our car was parked 10 feet off the Interstate in Mississippi.  A semi-truck driver passed out at the wheel and hit our car from behind.  We both survived.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Artists drawing of Giant City State Park, in Southern IL, is by Mark W. Tribley

Today an entry is being started on an acrylic painting composition of a pond near my home.  Here is just the beginning that I worked on Thanksgiving Day.  On this entry I will continue with how I painted for one week in photos.  This painting is a learning session for me, as I have difficulty with color relationships that I have been trying to resolve by reading American Art Review for many years now, studying each school of art from the Hudson River School through Impressionism, and on.

A little more work and study of the photos I took on the fall day.  Not trying to reproduce the photo as I have done before by griding the photo and making charcoal larger grid lines on canvas.  Instead using the photo to recall the scene that I know so well.  Now the scene does not have the color and vegetation of course to study by direct sketching, so I am using photos for reference to recall the day I am attempting to create on canvas.  In other words, this canvas is a creation and not a direct photo to canvas placement  of each tree.  However, as I go further, I will use more detail from the photos.  I know when to stop painting and paint very little (over previous days work) since I am just a beginner.  I have done basically pen and ink drawing in black and white.  Also I spent many years as a sign painter working with lead based paints that are no longer used like they were when I was painting signs.
     A split piece of an old cedar tree with the intense color next to the canvas.  Upon being split revealing nearly purple hue which then fades to more reddish.

(Click on photo for larger view)
Dec. 16,   Working with Liquitex extender medium, also thinning with water, areas have been transparently painted over.

I will make painted additions carefully.  This is an enjoyable sketch attempt which I look at as something new for my living area.  I am not going to worry about  how it turns out, and treat it as a learning experience.

Continued updates on this entry will follow for this canvas.  Updated January 18, 2015

Updated January 22, 2015

The canvas has a "washed out" look.  This is still just a sketch.  The actual canvas has a look with more detail in the reflection, and I am learning technique of working with tiny bits of acrylic paint that dries quickly, so it must be kept moist on the palette and then covered with plastic wrap when left for awhile.  The extender medium can be applied over the entire canvas or with the paint.  It is in the experimental stage.  It costs pennies to do this.

Feb. 13_15
Having moved this painting/sketch to another room with different lighting, and by just placing it on the floor, I noticed the overwhelming, overall blueness to the entire painting.  This is due to the color used for the sky.  The sky will need be changed, now I understand.  Even though it is not perhaps noticeable with the flash photo shown.  Things like this are greatly helping me to understand color relationship.

Another note.  Having seen how by not doing backup of files for my photos on the external hard drive and then disconnecting the external HD, the chance of losing my photo's is always at risk.  I do have print outs, but after seeing a report on recent cyber threats, a secure back up of files is critical.  

March 1, 2015

Just an example of pen and ink done years ago, using National Geographic for reference, and some creative use of the tusks, clouds, and a Lion yawning.

Printed on offset printing and hand colored with color pencil.

Original done in rapidograph pen on Crescent cold press illustration board.

Any use of this Elephant pen and ink is to be approved first by Mark W. Tribley.

Title: "Elephant Graveyard"

Dragonfly 1976  Pen and Ink, Color Pencil.  Drawn from actual Insect mounted on end  (Insect found dead - on side of the road)  of a pin through direct observation.  Cattail from actual Cattail, no photographs involved.  Lake scene from class study (sketch) on S.I.U. Campus Lake, approximately 1975.

Signed, lower right border, Mark W. Tribley (Print)


A new 24 by 36 inch canvas in sketch stage.  Shoreline has been tilted to make the composition work creatively as opposed to how it appears in the photo.  Colors are applied very thin at this point to establish values and color harmony.  This also gives me a record to refer back to as I progress.  I have used the first 18 by 24 inch canvas to understand how better I might approach painting.  Mixing Payne's Gray with Burnt Sienna (much lighter than Burnt Umber) the warm gray is harmonizing as well as bringing forward the foreground.  Cooler Payne's Gray by itself recedes.  Also reading about "Color Theory" involving the Color Compass is of great help.  I made several Color Compasses as a student attending Commercial Art classes.  A very exacting class graded on mixing tints and shades, etc.

March 13, 2015
The  blue in the water is a mixed "Metallic Blue", that is being tested, having mixed it with white and extender medium, over previously painted shoreline.  Sky has gray mixed with Cerulean Blue. Having a full tube of Orange acrylic is a good opportunity  for use in mixing with Green, since orange has red and yellow.  My first canvas was using the Primary Colors to start.  When Photography first arrived on the American art scene is was a concern that people would no longer want painted landscapes and prefer the realistic photographs.

Friday, July 4, 2014

 Northeast porch
 Northeast porch

 South room
Today July 4, 2014, I hope that you are having a day of relaxing time to spend doing something enjoyable.  A day to remember and thank the Veterans that are serving and have served our country.

The photos show first the northeast corner of the 2 story addition with 1/4 inch plate glass window.  The plate glass was free from a store display case that I had stored away with several other larger pieces.  I cut 3/8 inch "rabbit" channels with a sharp circular saw blade on the side wood panels.  Then I used rope caulk to seal the glass.  I still must finish the entire project with trim, and then stained wood panel.  This is the interior area entrance at my back door. (The only door as the front door entrance remains unfinished) I must be careful that I don't overdo things and cause my back problems.  Last winter this porch area was not separated from the main house and heat was escaping and costing me money.  It was an extremely cold winter not to be forgotten.  This coming winter will have the now closed off porch area from the main house and heating ( air cond.) will cost less, and be much more comfortable.

Photos 4 and 5 show the south room that is 8 feet by 12 feet floor space.  Created are a set of decorative beams made from 2 inch by 4 inch (actually 1 1/2 by 3 1/2 ) (8 ft. boards fitted) wood stained Canyon Brown, a water base easy control stain.  Canyon Brown is brushed on with either one or two coats to control darkness.  By brushing the streaks can be eliminated leaving a desired appearance with no removal using a cloth. The hardwood 1/4 inch thick Luane panels are stained with a combination of part Gunstock MinWax Stain, Thompsons Wood waterproof (mineral spirits type), and clear Polyurethane mixed together and applied with brush.  No removal of stain with a cloth this way.  Just brush on the mixture and it is done.

Above shows 1/4 inch (blue) Styrofoam layer on top of the back of the stained panels.  This made it easy to slide the fiberglas using a broom to push the fiberglas insulation up the ceiling area.  R-5 Styrofoam attached to ceiling joists, R-30 fiberglas insulation.   I am always getting fiberglas in my eyes even wearing full goggles.  The one board with sanded paint showing through is a cedar board as I could smell the cedar one day when I was on the ladder and noticed it was coming from that board.  I retrieved the board when the "Main Street Baptist Church" was being demolished  in Carbondale next to Memorial Hospital.  It was a beautiful landmark made from large pieces of chiseled stone blocks having stood for nearly a century I think.  It is now a vacant area set aside for landscape appearance owned by Memorial Hospital.  I don't know how long that cedar board was part of the room of one of the church areas building.  The other side of the board has no paint remaining and is sanded off by the belt sander.  

Artists drawing of Giant City State Park in Southern IL is by Mark W. Tribley

Monday, March 31, 2014

Artist's drawing of Giant City State Park located in Southern Illinois is by Mark W. Tribley.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

In the past two weeks (February 2013) I have received information that was denied me in March of 2009 concerning the attack by a bull mastiff that nearly killed my dog and injured myself.

The people allowed the person walking a bull mastiff that matched their dog identically to let me think it was the attacking dog that had run loose.

These people have no sense of responsibility and I am told got rid of their bull mastiff following the attack on my dog in March of 2009.

I have no way to prove anything in small claims court now and 4 years have passed.