I’ve been busy completing several works for shows. I will be adding to the blog soon additional images that were photographed together.
In Pastoral, I had an immediate good start to the piece. My under-painting was heavily textured and very pastel in tone. It did not add much contrast to the painting but did give a healthy mood to the painting. I left some of it exposed.
I turned the piece upside down right away and painted the patches on the cow first. This was a great way to get into my right brain and see shapes and my drawing was adjusted. Things looked so good at first I was afraid to tackle them. —so I left the painting for a while. After 2 weeks I was able to diagnose some key areas I wanted to work on and to go for the highlights.
Sitting this painting next to my other paintings, I realized they all had the same green tones. I was using permanent green light with my blues and yellows. Because of this I have decided to pick up some more variety of blues and a couple of different greens. I will experiment with them soon. I do like the greens in this painting but look forward to getting a variety of green tones in future paintings.
USING A GRID AS AN UNDER-PAINTING
These two paintings both employed a grid as an under-painting. An under-painting is simply overall design plan balanced in the simplest way possible tying the finished painting together. In “The Fargo Blues”(left), a painting done using watercolor, the gridded under-painting is more obvious due to the transparency of the medium. In “Cityscape 2010”(right),a painting done with acrylic, the opaque paint can completely blocks out the grid. As you can see, the different mediums with the grid technique can form a completely different look and feel to each painting.
There was a little surprise with my “Cityscape” under-painting. To first step to starting this painting was to apply very thick gesso was applied with a piece of mat board in a grid like pattern. Since the acrylic under-painting would be covered up, I used intense color and smeared them on to the grid shapes. Soon I realized I couldn’t see my pencil drawing. So I redrew it using a sharpie marker instead. I painted around the windows first and suddenly had very dramatic reflections. My family was at the lake with me and they all started telling me not to cover “that” up. What do you think?