Friday, February 26, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
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
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
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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
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.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
An exhibit of the work of artists John Wendelbo, Micah Mullen and Adam Beeby.
Monday, February 8, 2010
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.