Wednesday, July 29, 2009



Wolfe Island Village Home 11" x 14" O/P

Today, I visited and painted on Wolfe Island. Wolfe Island is in Lake Ontario, at the eastern end and is the home of Ontario's Provincial Government's latest attempt at producing a non polluting electrical energy source. "The Wind Farm" See eye sore (my opinion) in photo .
The village and island is a bustling, friendly place to paint.


This painting was painted on a Masonite board and pre stained an orange - pink (actually better to paint on than it sounds)
My palette for this painting consisted of Alizarin , Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue , Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Yellow Med. ,Cad. Yellow L. , Chromium Oxide Green and Titanium White.
While painting, I tried to keep in mind a looser handling of the bush and to squint a little more 'tightly' than usual.
Again, a fun painting to do, aided by friendly surroundings...
'til next..



4 comments:

Cagg said...

Another painter and I just agreed that alla prima painting is much harder to pull off sucessfully than tighter realism.You are a whiz at it.
Minor technical questions-Do you let your tinted undercoat dry, or jump right in?
And do you ever use round brushes?

Frank A. said...

Cagg.Thank you for your post and compliment. Much appreciated.

Wow ! Love your blog !

As for the tinted undercoat..
Usually, I apply it the night before the next day's painting.

Method..I take the desired color and mix it with plenty of odourless mineral spirits and apply it to a double gessoed Masonite panel.
Secondly, I evaporate the excess OMS using a hair dryer and further apply a second coat if the first is not suffient, (to the eye) using the same method.
The remaining color on the gesso surface further sets up over night. If I prefer a dryer surface, I will let it air dry further on it's own.
I like using it after the first night of drying.
I find that the tinted undercoat will accept the first layin of color without being disturbed, if applied more heavily, may be mixed ever so slightly.
Another advantage is that if you need a lighter area without the tinted background for a passage of color, it is simply a case of wiping the tint away with a rag and OMS.

Yes, I have used round brushes. Usually I use them in "finishing up" to apply the "sloppy looking" nuances, the odd detail and such that help to give a futher impression of "loosness".
But, that is my secret... :~)

My apologizes for taking so long in getting back to you.

Take care..

Cagg said...

Thanks for the info.You're a very generous man.
I've been using acrylics, or oil over the acrylics- for so long that I've forgotten how to start from scratch.

Frank A. said...

Cagg...My pleasure... :~)