Terry Miura • Studio Notes

Sunday, April 30, 2017

My Current Palette

I've been using a variation of this palette for many years. From time to time, I switch out a color or two, just to shake things up, but it's always been a primaries palette, basically.

I have three variations of each of the primaries, plus white. I don't have any secondaries - I just mix them with this set of colors.

White - Titanium White. I like the opacity and the coolness of Titanium White. Nothing against other whites, but I got to know Titanium pretty well, and I don't have a problem with it so I haven't really had an incentive to get to know the others.

Blues - In the picture they all look pretty dark, but they are Ultramarine, Prussian Blue, and Payne's Gray. Ultramarine represents the violet-leaning blue, Prussian the green-leaning blue, and Payne's Gray the low chroma blue.

Yellows - Cadmium Lemon for my cool yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep for my warm, and Yellow Ochre is my low chroma yellow.

Reds - Permanent Red is my warm red. It's a Cad Red Light alternative. It's much cheaper and does what I need it to do. Less toxic, too, which may be a plus, except I use other Cads so I don't have a leg to stand on.  Alizarin Permanent is my cool red. I've been trying other cool reds like Venetian, Terra Rosa, Pompeii, etc. But haven't found one that works for what I'm looking for. So until I do, I'll keep using Alizarin.  My low chroma Red is Transparent Oxide Red. every brand has a different name for this color and I most often use Transparent Earth Red from Gamblin. It's like Burnt Sienna, but transparent, more intense, and goes down cleaner when doing washes.

The palette itself is a shot of my 10 x 12 (?) Open Box M, which I love. I use a 16 x 20 surface in the studio, but in the field, I like my Open Box M if I'm traveling or if I have to hike to get to a spot. If I'm painting near my car, I use my Soltek or a half-box French easel so I can have a larger palette to work with (12 x 16).

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Language of the Land: Landscape Paintings by Paul Kratter and Terry Miura

Take the Shortcut,  12 x 21 inches, oil on linen

I have a very special exhibition coming up! My good friend and fabulous painter Paul Kratter and I will be showing our landscape paintings (many, if not most, are done en plein air) at the Holton Studio Gallery in Berkeley, CA.

As you can see in these pictures, all of the paintings will be presented in these very special frames, all hand-crafted by master frame-maker Tim Holton and his team. 

Each frame is a response to a specific painting. Tim studies the painting, picks out the grain of the wood to reflect something - a textural quality, directional cue, etc - in the painting, and continues on to create a masterful frame for each. Every decision along the way, whether it be the style of the frame or what type of carving to apply, or what color stain to finish the pieces with, is in response to the painting. "Custom framing" doesn't get more custom than this!

 A Path Through the Woods, 9 x 12 inches, oil on linen

I'm really excited to have my own paintings presented in Tim's frames,  because they really elevate the pieces to a higher level.  

Standing Alone, 12 x 9 inches, oil on linen

As I mentioned, I will be showing with my friend Paul Kratter. If you're interested in landscape painting, you probably know his work. He paints beautiful Northern California (and beyond) views in a very distinct style, superbly designed and with really tasty harmonies. This will be the first time the two of us are showing together (that is, not as a part of a larger group show) and I think our styles look great sharing walls, especially all framed by Tim Holton.

The Packer's Trail, 12 x 9 inches, oil on linen

But don't take my word for it. Come see for yourself!  The show opens Saturday, May 6th. The opening reception is from 4 - 6 pm. Come on by and check out this very special show, and say hi! 

Alpine Meadow (Ediza) , 12 x 9 inches, oil on linen

And if that isn't enough, Paul and I are doing a "Dual Demo" on Saturday, June 3rd, at 2pm at the gallery. We will each set up an easel, and take a painting from start to (may be) finish. You can watch us live as we each develop a painting, and talk about our approaches. Ask us questions, and we'll answer them. You want tips? We'll tell you how to mix that special shade of green and how to flick that brush to get that flippity edge on that pine tree.  

And did I mention the admission is free? Can't beat that!

Golden Hillside, 9 x 12 inches, oil on linen

So if you are in the Bay Area, I hope you can make it to the opening. And the demo. If not, the show runs till June 10th. If you're a landscape painter, this show is a must see!

A Language of the Land: Landscape Paintings by Paul Kratter and Terry Miura

Holton Studio Gallery, 2100 Fifth St. Berkeley, CA

May 6th - June 10th, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6th, 4 - 6pm

Dual Demo: Saturday, June 3rd, 2pm

'Hope to see you at the opening!!