Isolation Landscape – Repainted on Commission – Blending and Colours

Yesterday, I decided to take a risk and increase the contrast of the foreground by using a chrome oxide green. It still felt a little off. As I allowed my eye to wander across and over the canvas, I felt the problem was the free-floating horizon line... it needed to blend in more and become … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted on Commission – Blending and Colours

Isolation Landscape – Repainted on Commission – Initial Horizon

I've been staring at this for over a week now and trying to imagine a grassy horizon line... hoping it would cut the page and add tension between the foreground and sky. It feels wrong or in complete at this point... just a random line that floats in space without attachment to either the foreground … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted on Commission – Initial Horizon

Isolation Landscape – Repainted on Commission – Of Course! It’s Yellow!

Yesterday we discussed the crossroads one might face when painting... initial colours don't always work best for the composition, for the expression. I had in mind that there was a need for yellow and that need was expressed clearly by my nephew Mat, for whom I'm painting this. I also mentioned that I was still … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted on Commission – Of Course! It’s Yellow!

Isolation Landscape – Repainted by commission – My first dilemma…

Yesterday's post set up the serenity journey I'm on for my nephew, Mat... I found my tension colours to indicate some if the struggles and triumphs, but as in all journeys... there are things that must change for it to continue... we sometimes need to redirect... In this case, I have two crossroads to choose. … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted by commission – My first dilemma…

Isolation Landscape – Repainted by commission – First Steps…

My nephew, Mat, has been asking me for some artwork and we hadn't had time to sit and discuss what he wanted until a few weeks ago. I started by asking him some basic questions: "what styles, colours, and moods do you like?" He said abstract for style, greens for colours, but couldn't quite verbalize … Continue reading Isolation Landscape – Repainted by commission – First Steps…

The overwhelming emotional weight of a blank canvas – early strokes

I'm still really bothered by the whole copying consideration and even though calling the various inspirations studies of the artist, I still want to attempt original work. However, in comparison to my studies, I feel they don't match up... well, to be honest, I am still copying my old styles, and they are what I … Continue reading The overwhelming emotional weight of a blank canvas – early strokes

Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – Adding some texture

While I feel the window that separates the halves of the composition turned out remarkably well, I realize that it completely restated the figure. Is he inside a room, or outside one? What kind of space is he sitting in? Do I need to continue the glass across the back of the composition to further … Continue reading Study of Deibenkorn Reading The Paper – Adding some texture

A Day at the Beach – Completed, I think…

I finished this well over a week ago, but wasn't sure of the sky. I finally moved it out of my studio onto a sunlit wall and I like it... I think. To be honest, I'm often unsure if I stop because something is finished, or if because I have other ideas screaming in my … Continue reading A Day at the Beach – Completed, I think…

A Day at the Beach – Solving an overworked Sky

The burnt umber outlines really helped me see a new direction for the sky. I wanted the figure to stand as the main focus of the composition, so I needed a muted background to go against the skin. I was not happy with the b blues I had on it previously and felt strongly that … Continue reading A Day at the Beach – Solving an overworked Sky

A Day At The Beach – First layers of paint

It is amazingly satisfying to pile on paint with a pallet knife... simultaneously obliterating the texture of the underpainting and creating a whole new surface texture. I also feel like the paint is more alive when it's very thick. I want to continue painting and adding colours, wet on wet, and see the messy magic … Continue reading A Day At The Beach – First layers of paint