"Rock Island Pt." 12"x 16" O/Panel
The 12"x 16" panel for this painting was covered with three coats of gesso and a final colour coat of Burnt Sienna with some Cadmium Yellow added just to brighten it up a little. In some areas of the painting, the "red" undercoat may be seen beneath the colours.
As in the previous painting of the "Blue Punt", a very soft graphite pencil was used to lay in the composition and further indicate the shadows and direction of the light source. Again, the drawing was washed with odourless mineral spirits to dilute the graphite particles. The rest of the painting was treated in the traditional manner of laying in the dark values first and building towards the lightest colours and their values.
There was one small problem. I had to lay out my Ultramarine Blue on some paper towel in order to soak up the excess oil that came out of the tube with the colour. Once the towel had soaked up the excess oil, I tranferred the (soft) ribbon of colour to my palette. Problem solved.
The colours on my palette were, Alizarin, Cad. Red Med.,Cad. Yellow, Cad. Lemon, then I added some Raw Sienna, Sap Green and Titanium White. Lastly, I added my Ultramarine Blue that had been laying on the paper towel.