Wednesday, January 10, 2007

"Deserted Cheese Factory" 9"x12" O/Panel

This painting is from a photo reference. In this particular instance, I used a portion of the subject in the photograph and brought it into the foreground of the painting. (the building and tree)
I mention this because I do not believe that one ( especially novice painters) should be intimidated into using the whole photo just because it is there. After all, the photo is a tool, a means to an end and a great resourse to be manipulated by the artist.

The support was Masonite with a ground coat mixture of gesso, and a "warm" grey ( approx. a number five value ) applied to the surface.


This particular work was painted with a number ten flat brush, rigger and a limited palette. The colours that I used were, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow Med., and Titanium White. As I painted, I added Raw Sienna, Payne's Grey, Terre Verte and Indian Red as needed to create the "feel" that I wanted in the finished piece.

Painting from a photo reference (inside) is and alternative... but , there is no substitute , in my humble opinion for just "being out there" .

'til next.

5 comments:

Freiluftmaler said...

Hi Frank,
I like your new blog layout,looks much better and more comfortable for the eyes.
Again very nice color combinations in this new one.

Wyn Easton said...

Hi Frank,
It looks like you've been very busy building your studio. I'm sure you will enjoy it for a long time.

I think winter is finally coming to Raleigh. I'll be in studio for a while.

Take care.

Wyn Easton

Anonymous said...

Your painting is quite amazing!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mr. Edwards! I am in your daughter-in-law's class(she is my teacher). She told us about this website so I visited it and your pictures are AMAZING! Good luck in your future paintings.

From Greg.

Anonymous said...

I am a big fan of your work!
I hope that you continue to paint!!