Friday, February 26, 2010

Pocosin Lakes - Step 6 - Final

Ok, Step 6 probably should have been Steps 6, 7, 8 . . . Needless to say there was quite a bit involved with finishing this painting. I struggled mightily with how I was going to paint the big tree. My initial thought was to create impasto walls going up each side and then use a liquid mixture to fill the space in the enter of the tree. I opted against that and chose to use more detail on the tree bark and branches.

In doing the big leafy areas of the tree, I used a bright palette of color - when everything was painted I came back and added a fluid acrylic/glazing medium mixture applied with applicator bottles. Eileen walked in while I was doing this, and said I was adding ornaments to the Christmas tree. While that was not my intention perhaps there is some truth to that perception.

This painting took over 50 hours of painting time, but I am quite happy with the finished product.

Some of the earlier pictures of the process were photographed in sub par lighting, so that would explain much of the color variances.

All comments, questions and criticism are welcomed.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pocosin Lakes - Step 5

I will paint the big tree last, but I now will focus on some of the larger trees that ascend from the wooded area into the sky an in some cases off the canvas. This is an enjoyable part of the painting process, because it allows different experimentation with colors and patterns.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pocosin Lakes - Step 4

Probably the most challenging and time consuming portion of the painting process comes with the densely wooded area behind the water. This is a three step process that begins by using standard heavy bodied acrylics to depict the shapes and colors of the various trees, bushes and foliage. Once these forms are made I will use a thinner fluid acrylic or sometimes acryl gouache to add details and give these elements more character. Finally I will use 4 to 6 different glazes to help add some depth and set this area off from the water, sky and other elements in the painting.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Pocosin Lakes - Step 3

The water elements of this work will probably be the most visible when the painting is finished. There are three components to this water. 1. the water is shaded by the wooded ares 2. the water that is unshaded and 3. the water shaded by the big tree.

I begin by using heavy body Acrylics consisting of Carbon Black, Hookers Green, Paynes Grey, Midnight Blue and Australian Sap Green. Titanium White is used to create different shades of all these colors. Covering components 1 and 3, I concentrate on darker shades - with the unshaded area several grays and light blues are used. I now use Acryl Gouache in varying shades of greens, blues and white to create detail an water ripples.

When covered I move onto applying two glazes over the entire area. For component 1, I use a dark glaze of Hookers Green and a little Carbon Black. The remaining area is covered with glaze of midnight blue. This glaze makes the water ripples look like an under painting and gives an effect of movement.

To create the water ripples on top of the water, I use a glaze mixture of white and Sap Green. This is applied through detail applicator bottles to give the further effect of water movement.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pocosin Lakes - Step 2

When beginning the painting process I always work in sections from the background to the foreground. In this case the sky is where I begin - I choose three colors (Paynes Grey, Midnight Blue and Carbon Grey) and create 1" bands all the way down to where the sun is rising. When I get to this area I use five different bands of Naples Yellow to achieve the sunset effect. When these bands are complete I create three separate mixtures of fluid acrylic paint and glazing medium - this time using the colors Australian Sky Blue and a light and dark shade of Paynes Grey. These transparent bands are painted over the opaque bands that were made earlier. For the sunset at the bottom a glaze of Cadmium Yellow Light is painted over each band of Naples Yellow.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Pocosin Lakes - Step 1

After doing several smaller paintings, I am back on track and painting a larger (30x40") canvas. Over the next week or two my blog entries will reflect some of the different stages involved in making this painting.

The subject I have chosen is Pocasin Lakes Wildlife Refuge in Columbia, North Carolina. I visited the area in early October, so there are some interesting reds and autumn colors reflected in the photograph. I like this picture because it includes sky, land and water. As I start to paint these areas each will reflect a different painting style.

As with all my paintings, I begin by doing a pencil sketch of the photograph. I rarely refer to this sketch during the painting process, but I find it helps me think of the image in more abstract forms and the additional study time that I spend focused on the image helps churn more ideas.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

"Intangible Illusions" at the Arts Council of Wayne County

An exhibit of the work of artists John Wendelbo, Micah Mullen and Adam Beeby.

Goldsboro, North Carolina - 2406 E. Ash Street - (919) 736-3300

Opening Reception - Thursday February 11 - 5 to 7 pm. Music by Eric Knight

Exhibit Dates: February 11 to March 25

Monday, February 8, 2010

Cotton Field Paintngs

The second in a series of cotton field paintings. The purple and blue sky in this came out magnificent. The cotton is this painting is again composed of fluid acrylics (Pearl White and Van Dyke Brown) mixed with glazing medium.

Cotton Field off Highway 64 #2 - 16x20" Acrylic on Canvas

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"Raleigh" Three Artist's Interpretations of Raleigh - Inside and Outside the Beltline

Capital Bank hosts this premier exhibit. Opening February 5th at Capital Bank Plaza Lobby. 333 Fayetteville Street, Downtown Raleigh - Reception 5:30 - 8:30.

Featuring: Dan Nelson, Micah Mullen and Nicole White Kennedy

Dan Nelson is renowned in Raleigh for his unique illustrative style depicting scenes like downtown of his favorite subjects. Most of these large paintings are actually executed "en plein air" meaning out in the open air.

Nicole White Kennedy has always painted scenes from Raleigh and is particularly enamored with the State Fair, (a forthcoming series) and the beautiful Greenways, local lakes, rivers and Falls Dam area, In 2009 Nicole won First Place at the Fine Arts League of Cary and was juried into the Audubon Artists National exhibit at Salmagundu Club in NYC, winning the "Jack Richeson" award.Nicole has been painting scenes around Raleigh for years. These pieces focus on the beautiful scenery outside te beltline and the State Fair

Raleigh Artist, MicahMullen, has shown in numerous solo exhibits and has been juried into countless regional and national exhibits with his mezmerizing mosaic interpretations of nature. Mullen won FIRST PLACE in the National Multi media Juried Exhibit at Rocky Mount Arts Center. This series on Raleigh focuses on his unique interpretation of the beauty found in some well-known and yet undiscovered gems in Raleigh!

Sponsored in part by Nicole's Studio and Gallery

Monday, February 1, 2010

Artist's Unite for Haiti - This Weekend!

Help the Disaster Relief efforts in Haiti by donating an unframed work on paper
All works will be for sale for $25
Exhibition and sale of work will be at THE LoDi PROJECT on:
Friday February 5th (4 - 10p.m.),
Sat Feb 6th (11-4 p.m.)
and Sunday February 7th (11-4p.m.)

The pieces shown are done by me and my Dad and are two of hundreds that will be for sale this weekend.