Acrylic painting on 14″×11″ canvas panel
The beautiful Portland Head Light Lighthouse is one of Maine’s most photographed and painted lighthouses. The assignment I gave my acrylic students was to paint a limited palette painting of the famous lighthouse using a single cool or neutral color. They were allowed to use white of course and one additional color that was not to be seen in the painting, but to be used only as a darkening agent along with their main colour. I choose burnt seinna as my main color and burnt umber as my darkening agent. The purpose of the assignment was to teach them that there are always choices, that using various colors is not always the right choice, but rather creating tones of the same color may be the better choice. The idea is to give them as many tools as possible and let their future styles dictate which ones they more readily use.

Buy it, I’m already well into my 60’s and if I’m going to be famous, well, I’m running out of time. I like to think my work has been influenced by the great impressionists, although my wife says it’s because I won’t go and get my eyes checked. At any rate, I do love to paint watercolour and acrylics and it’s a true wish of mine that you enjoy viewing my work. Go ahead and let me know what you think, I love to read your comments. (Well….the good ones anyway.)

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  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaover 2 years ago

    Great work Jim! I find it much easier to paint in one colour like this :)

  • Well I certainly don’t find it any harder….lol Thanks Dianne.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 2 years ago

    Very nice painting & lesson for your students. It’s strengths are in the wonderful contrasts & cohesiveness of the limited palette.

  • I do the same assignment with the watercolour students as well Marsha. You can talk about layering to achieve various tone values of a colour, but until they do this assignment a lot of my beginning students really don’t get it. Thanks dear, lovely comment.

    – Jim Phillips

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 2 years ago

    beautiful painting of a beautiful location

  • Thank you Lisa, and yes it is a very attractive scene in real life.

    – Jim Phillips

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 2 years ago

    I love the monochromatic colour scheme, Jim, the marvellous feeling of light and the very appealing subject and composition. A real beauty!

  • Wonderfully put Bev, thanks very much.

    – Jim Phillips

  • © Bob Hall
    © Bob Hallover 2 years ago

    Wonderful work Jim and interesting description. As the old adage goes, You practice what you preach, or in this case, teach.

  • Not that I thought you were kidding with me Bob, but I really do try to hold to that old saying… Thanks buddy.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Jennifer Ingram
    Jennifer Ingramover 2 years ago

    What a lovely painting! I love the one color idea which gives it a vintage feel. Excellent, Jim!

  • It really does, doesn’t it. Thanks for a lovely comment Jennifer.

    – Jim Phillips

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 2 years ago

    Your paintings always put me in a holiday mood with their exciting sense of faraway places…this feels like Nova Scotia which I am always planning to visit, but never seem to get there…it’s a lovely painting Jim..

  • Selling them puts me the holiday mood, meaning I could better afford a nice holiday with the extra cash….lol. Many thanks Janis.

    – Jim Phillips

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 2 years ago

    Always the educator……a wonderful quality that I associate with.
    Great assignment and so meaningful brah’….oh and your version is point on…

  • I knew you would relate, it’s like your choice after retiring from the professional field of education was to teach young swimmers (still the educator.) Thanks kj, love the support man.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Mel
    Mel Brackstone...over 2 years ago

    What a fabulous exercise, Jim! I love your finished result!

  • Very much appreciated Mel, thank you.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 2 years ago

    I love it Jim , love the tones and the subject , fabulous work a fave x

  • Very kind of you to say Irene, thank you dear.

    – Jim Phillips

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