This sketch (8"x10") is a piece that was painted as reference material for a possible larger painting. I played with the colours and the composition, which was fun and seemed like playtime.
The composition for this painting was layed in with the oil paint washes that I similarly used in previous paintings that I have posted here. My palette for the sketch was my split palette. I felt that it gave me more colours to 'splash' around with. I find this palette is less intimidating. When I was close to finishing what I had to say in the sketch, I put in a few areas of textural flourishes with the oil painting brush for my own personal taste.
Armed with this sketch, a couple of pencil studies and a few reference photos, I feel that I have a good head start for a rainy day painting.
"The Stone Church In Moscow" 5"x 7" Oil on Panel
A painting from the near past. This is a small picture that never was completely finished at the time of its' painting. I was not sure of it (meaning, it was going nowhere) at the time and decided to "live with it" for awhile. So, after three months, I decided to finish the painting. This " living with" it happens more often than I would care to admit. I am sure most artists will know what I am talking about. This "going nowhere", in a nut shell, is usually just a case of 'life' getting in the way of ones' concentration.
I am happy that I have finally resolved this little painting.