Friday, May 18, 2007

Exeter Bridge

Exeter Bridge 8.5" x 5" acrylic on Masonite

I am planning to take this painting to a larger size (studio version). I am very happy with the composition in this one. This painting started off as I do most of my work, where I sketch the scene with a brush using either Burnt Sienna or Raw Umber, and I also establish the darks and lights in these first sketching lines. For this painting, I used Burnt Sienna, you'll be able to see it along the edges of the three foreground trees. Not only does under painting add quality and depth to the over painting, but it gives life to the painting when it is occasionally allowed to peek through.

This painting is of a small park just off the main road in a small town in Ontario, Canada called Exeter, a town which is know for the rare White Squirrels that live there.

I hope you enjoy this view.


Thursday, May 17, 2007

Apple Pear Apple

Apple Pear Apple 8.5" x 5" acrylic on Masonite SOLD

I don't paint a great deal of still life work, but this is one of three fruit that I quickly painted one noon hour. I was working on another completely different painting, and was not happy with it's progress, so I made this painting right over the top of it and actually was very pleased with the outcome.

I don't usually paint over top of another painting without coating over it with gesso first. I must admit that with the under image showing through as I was painting, there was a bit of visual confusion. I only did this one without coating over the first painting, because I was in a hurry to get the mood and feel of the moment. I won't say where, but I can still see some of the first painting through this final painting, and I am happy that it does show through, because it contributes to the final painting.

So painting and thinking fast helps me to see and capture the mood better...I advise to all that you should try it. This painting actually only took me about 1.5 hours to complete. This is definitely a brushwork technique that I will keep as part of my style.

The small size of this and other paintings that I do are perfect for studies, which this actually is, and I can tell immediately if I should do a larger studio version.

As always, please leave a comment...I do enjoy hearing from my visitors.