Tuesday, August 15, 2006

"Inner Harbour" 10"x12" oil on panel

This piece is another example of my continuing with the same theme as the last few paintings, namely, using the larger brushes. In this particular painting, larger brushes would be sizes ten and eight. The smallest passages were completed with a size four brush. The panel surface was prepared with a number five value "cool" grey. ( between equal amounts of black and white acrylic, adjusted with a small amount of Cerulean Blue )

In this piece, the main objects
or interests in the scene were about two hundred yards away.
The painted "en plein air" objects appear more abstract in nature due to the larger brushes and "squinting", thus keeping me from "fussing" over the details.
In other words, using the larger brushes, forces me to interpret what I see into simpler, more general shapes. For me, this painted impression of the objects is closer to the way we would actually see the objects from this distance. I do not feel that the atmospheric perspective on this particular sunny day, was a negative factor in the observation of the subject, making my task that much simpler.
For these reasons, I feel that squinting, using the bigger brush and the path of abstract shapes, are a truer interpretation of realism rather than labouring over the small details to create the same effect.

This "plein air" painting is my impression of the inner harbour at Kingston, Canada.

'til next...


4 comments:

Ed Terpening said...

Wonderful movement in this and the abstraction seems just right. The water is incredibly interesting.

Frank A. said...

Nice to hear from you again,Ed. Thank you for taking the time to comment on this piece. Much appreciated. It is interesting to read what appeals to certain people and not to others.

Do take care, Frank.

James H. said...

Such great life and energy in this piece Frank. I just love it. Great work.

Frank A. said...

Hey, James..Thanks for the compliment and for taking the time to comment. I appreciate both. I hope that you keep checking in, keeps me honest... :-)

Take care, Frank.