Sunday, January 13, 2013

First Encounter

20" x 60" Acrylic on Canvas
Currently on exhibition at the Providence Art Club through February 1st, 2013.

Since I received a good deal of positive feedback on last month's process steps, I have included them for this painting as well.  The painting was based off a plein air sketch and photos taken at First Encounter Beach in Eastham, MA during August of 2011.  A tremendous storm came over the bay and this view was about a half hour before bone chilling lighting and thunder hit our area.  The original intent was to have a few of the beach folk painted in, but I decided to omit them half way through the painting process.  The painting appeared to be a stronger statement of nature's awesomeness without us humans messing up the view.  The studio painting took about 40 hours to complete.

Plein air sketch done onsite
Blank canvas
My palette with old but wet paint to tone my canvas
Toned canvas in Cadmium Orange and Burnt Sienna 
Vine charcoal sketch with tape line to mark the horizon
First block in of the clouds
Softening and lightening
Skyholes and "God Rays" added
Blocking in of the land masses
Birds, flotsam and water "glistening" added

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Tuscan Countryside with a Palette Knife

Happy New Year!

My final commission of 2012 was a 4 x 8 foot painting on panel.  The wall which it was designed for had a vaulted ceiling, so the custom framing allowed the painting to appear as an architectural element in the room.  Using a limited palette of colors to coordinate with the furnishings, only knives and blades were used to create this painting, no brushes.  This technique gave the painting a rich texture.  Painting it brought me a great deal of enjoyment, especially when I pulled out my old "Bob Ross" plexiglas painter's palette.  I have included the progression photos so you may see my process.

Wishing you peace and joy in the new year.  Thank you for your continued support of my efforts.

Initial sketch

Gessoed panel

Charcoal outline

Tonal underpainting

Color wash underpainting - Right

Color wash underpainting - Left

Color wash underpainting - Detail

My Bob Ross Plexiglas Palette