Wednesday, February 09, 2011



Cold, With Clear Skies ..10"x 12" ..O/P

Again, another painting that was painted on a non pre-stained panel with a lot of gesso texture.
The same palette as previous paintings was used for this piece.
I decided that I would continue to go for the " oil wash ' and "wipe out" method that I had attempted in a couple of previous paintings. In this piece I started with the traditional method of laying in the background, (sky first) , followed by the middle ground trees. I was well pleased with the 'look' of the sky, and hoped for the same results for the mid-ground trees. The trees seemed at the time to have the right feel, but in retrospect, I now think that they could have been much lighter and cooler to emphasize a more distant perspective between themselves and the middle ground building.

I was pleased with the composition of the middle ground buildings.
Perhaps my own criticism would be that this area and the foreground area texture provided by the gesso is not seen. ...The texture of the paint took over ! The oil wash and wipe out was lost at this point.

Live and learn !

'til next..






8 comments:

René PleinAir. said...

Again a great one Frank, although the last two paintings the buildings are a bit too central placed for my taste.

Never the less I like them a lot.

Maybe you seen them already, but otherwise when you do have a few bucks to spare, ...

David Curtis

Two very intriguing DVD's. He uses that gesso texture surface a lot and prestained as well. It's very informative and well worth it.

Frank A. said...

HI Rene ! Thanks for your comment and compliment.

I have not seen the David Curtis DVD's before but I will certainly look into the URL that you sent. Thanks again for that. I did watch some of the trailers.
Impressive !

Ingrid said...

This painting has lots of character and life to it. Love the light!

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Gorgeous blog..your paintings are exquisite and beautiful! Lovely to meet you and a fellow Ontarian! Your oil works are amazing! I paint in acrylics...your works are inspiring.Shine on!
Victoria~

santosh jadhav said...

wonderful work sir....really i like it

Frank A. said...

Ingrid..Sorry about getting back to you so late.
Thank you so much for the compliment and I am happy that you like the light in this piece.

Frank A. said...

Victoria = Always nice to meet another Ontarian ! :)
Thank you for the beautiful compliments for my paintings. I am glad that my paintings are inspiring for you. Always glad to help..
...Will try to keep "shining." as you say. :)

Frank A. said...

santosh jadhav,

Thank you very much. Nice to hear from you. I am glad that you like them.