29 September 2016

28 September 2016

Quiet Evening at the Carcavelos beach

 Reposting a painting from a couple of years ago.
 I really enjoyed working on this subtle evening condition..

Quiet Evening on the Carcavelos beach
11.8 x 11.8 inches / 30 x 30 cm
Oil on linen canvas board
Available on Etsy here

25 September 2016

September Blues - Cascais

 A demo painting I did a couple of weeks ago in Cascais, one of my favorite painting locations. The video (real time) will be published on my YouTube channel (lenarivo) next week ;)

September Blues - Cascais
12 x 16 in / 30 x 40 cm
oil on linen canvas board
Available on Etsy here

24 September 2016

Costa da Caparica plein air again!

 I love going to the beach in September. This year I am loving painting there too :)

I will publish a better photo of the painting later.

22 September 2016

My Palette

I had often been asked about the palette I use, so I decided to make a post on it.

My gouache palette

I prefer a large palette of colors, but I have used a limited palette of 7 colors years ago and if you are a beginner I would strongly suggest you start with the limited palette I find the best:

  1. Cadmium yellow lemon (cool yellow)
  2. Cadmium yellow light (warm yellow)
  3. Cadmium Red Medium (warm red)
  4. Alizarin Crimson (cool red)
  5. Quinacridone Rose (cool red)
  6. Ultramarine Blue (warm blue)
  7. Phthalo Blue green shade (cool blue)

and Titanium White.

With these colors you can mix ANY color you may need. It is easy if you understand the color theory.  When you mix your colors with confidence using a limited palette you can start adding other colors to the palette. They will just help you to work faster. As I work mostly outdoors I have to paint and mix colors fast. That is why my palette is so large. Some of the colors I rarely use but for some reason I like to have them on the palette.

Here is my palette:

  1. Payne's Grey (Rembrandt. I use it only for grey skies)
  2. Raw Umber (W&N or Rembrandt)
  3. Raw Sienna (W&N or Rembrandt)
  4. Yellow Ochre Pale (W&N),
  5. Cadmium Yellow Lemon (W&N or Rembrandt)
  6. Cadmium Yellow Light (W&N or Rembrandt)
  7. Cadmium Orange (W&N or Rembrandt)
  8. Cadmium Red Light (Rembrandt)
  9. Permanent Rose (Rembrandt) - quinacridone rose
  10. Perm. Alizarin Crimson (Rembrandt)
  11. Burnt Sienna (W&N or Rembrandt)
  12. Burnt Umber (W&N or Rembrandt)
  13. English Red (W&N or Rembrandt) - red ochre
  14. Perm. Violet Medium (Rembrandt)
  15. Permanent Mauve (W&N)
  16. French Ultramarine (W&N or Rembrandt)
  17. Cobalt Blue (W&N or Rembrandt)
  18. Kings Blue (Rembrandt. This color is just a mixture of cobalt blue and titanium white)
  19. Cerulean Blue (W&N. Weak and expensive. I use it more often in skin tones, than in landscapes)
  20. Sevres Blue (Rembrandt. Basically it is Phthalo Blue Light. I rarely put in on the palette, but it is always with me in case I need to mix some really bright light blues.)
  21. Cobalt Turquoise (Rembrandt)
  22. Cobalt Turquoise Light (W&N)
  23. Viridian (Rembrandt)
  24. Chromium Oxide Green (Rembrandt) - sometimes
  25. Green Earth (W&N) - sometimes
  26. Permanent Green Medium (Rembrandt)
  27. Permanent Green Light (Rembrandt)
  28. Titanium White (Sennelier, W&N or Rembrandt)

My oil palette

21 September 2016

Silver Evening

 Beautiful July evening on one of the most beautiful beaches of Portugal.

Silver Evening - Praia de Saude, Costa da Caparica
 8 x 12 inches / 20 x 30 cm
Oil on linen 
Available on Etsy here

17 September 2016

15 September 2016

Wexford Quay

A bronze winner of  the "Art in the Open 2016" plein air festival in Wexfrod, Ireland.

 Wexford Quay - Wexford, Ireland
9.8 x 11.8 in / 25 x 30 cm
oil on linen canvas board
Available on Etsy here

08 September 2016

Evening Roses

 "Evening Roses"
9.5 x 7 in / 24 x 18 cm
Oil on linen canvas board
Available on Etsy here

07 September 2016

Inistioge Morning

I did this demo painting during one of my workshops at the "Art in the Open 2016" plein air festival in a lovely small Irish village Inistioge, Ireland.

 Inistioge Morning, Ireland
9.8 x 11.8 in / 25 x 30 cm
oil on linen canvas board
Available on Etsy here

06 September 2016

Young Couple

I will publish a demo video with this painting later this week ;)

 Gouache on board
8 x 6 inches / 20 x 15 cm

01 September 2016

Ocean Breath

 A plein air painting I did on the Costa da Caparica beach in the mid-August 2016.

 "Ocean Breath" - Costa da Caparica
5 x 7 inches / 13 x 18 cm, oil on linen