Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Spring Comes To Sydenham Village ..10" x 12" ..o/p It is nice to finally be able to do a painting that does not have a snow reminder of the past winter. Sydenham is a small village in the agriculture and tourism area north of my hometown. It is also just south of Frontenac Provincial Park in the Province of Ontario. This panel was prepared with three coats of gesso using an old brush in order to leave a texture of the strokes in the drying gesso.. no coat of colour was added to the gessoed panel later. My method to begin with was to lay in the shadowed areas and some local coloured areas with "runny" colours. (I used the odourless mineral spirits for this step.) I let them set, letting them settle as in what one would see in a "wet in wet" watercolour technique. Once the "wash" had evaporated, I layed in the composition (drawing) on top of the evaporated wash. In some areas that I knew would be lighter when finished, I removed the oil wash with a rag. In other areas, I darkened . The paint that was applied was still in a wash form. Once this wash had evaporated, I was able to apply the lighter colours over the rubbed out lightest areas and lighter colours to some of the dark areas. Lastly, I strengthened some other darker areas, checked for lost and found edges and strengthened some of the highlight areas or lines. The palette used was my same limited palette that I have used for past paintings. I think that all of them were used in some combination or mixture. 'til next..