Tuesday, June 01, 2010
A Walk In The Woods 9" x 12 ' O/Panel
This painting started out as a "pink red" panel. I blocked in most of the dark background using a combination of Alizarin, Ultramarine Blue and Black. I then proceeded to, using a cloth or soft paper,
to wipe out the trunks of trees and large areas where the leaves were to be painted.
I then mixed the values for these areas and began to lay in the colours beginning with the darkest and working towards the lightest, the lightest, being the details.
The last part of the painting that I worked on was the figures.
The painting seemed to have more than it's share of 'verticals' which gave the painting an unbalanced look.
I decided that I would then apply strokes of paint to represent horizontal branches of different width. I made sure that the strokes or branches crossed the 'sky holes' at the top of the painting so as to not let the sky holes appear as 'patches', but behind the trees.
This painting was executed with my usual limited palette and odourless mineral spirits. (where needed)