The You Tube video below is a brand new on line art show. I’m in there at the very end I think. Have a look. It’s a beautiful show.
This piece above is titled “Back Lit”. It measures 30×40 inches. I had hoped to post a painting sequence for this one but my computer refuses to give it up. Where ever it might be in there I hope it gives the darn thing gas.
“Less Traveled”, below, is the title of a piece just recently finished. It’s kinda big and I’m really getting hooked on doing these large canvases. (this one being 36×48) I know….that aint so big for some folks but for this painter it’s a step outside what’s normal and it was a lot of fun.
Anyhow! I thought it would be cool to share the process on this one. It’s on one of those canvases stretched on the wide stretcher so this big ole thing doesn’t need a frame. Part of the process of preparation was to paint a frame, sort of, on it so there’s a border to help keep the viewer inside the borders of the canvas. I’ll post a photo or two of that too.
This is the start. There’s a tan border painted around the outside edges done with acrylic tube paint. The tan color is wrapped around the front edge to the back edge of the canvas. The Cadmium Orange under painting is also brushed on with acrylic paint.
A half inch in from the edge, on the front, there’s a very light pencil line that I follow with the blue tape. It’s the same stuff we put around our windows when we aren’t steady enough to keep the paint off the glass. Next thing is just paint paint paint and not worry about the edges. I think though if the paint applied were to be too thin it might run under the edge of the tape and it would for sure ruin the effect so I mix fairly thick. Be careful if you decide to try it. When the piece is all done, even when it’s wet, just peel off the tape and wah-la! a nice little frame. Sorta.
A sketch for starters and some of my darkest darks closer up going to a blue in those distant trees. So far I’ve established three layers (or planes) of distance with the dark trees on the left being closest, the not so dark pines on the right and the blue pines the farthest back for now. My palette is the same as always with exception of a little patch of Ivory Black. The rest of the colors are: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Cadmium Orange, Bright Red, Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green and Burnt Sienna.
This foggy area is going to be the last plane going back. I’ll get this area in and at the same time I’ll brush into the wet paint a few trees that are nearly disappearing into the fog. In reality you may be able to count several planes in this area but for this demo I’ll call it one since I’m painting it in there all at once.
There it is. That’s about as far back as we’re going to go. I started with those darks and painted into the distance on purpose. Each lighter value takes us further into the painting and this start, dark to light and strong to pale, helped me to control depth by comparing each value with the one before as I went along. (see, it IS all about contrast)
I wish I had taken more photographs of this part of the process. I got carried away having so much fun and remembered only when it was almost too late. It’s a lot the same coming forward as it is going into the background. In this case the color became a little stronger and richer the nearer I got to the bottom of the canvas.
And most of you know by now I love painting roads. Maybe that’s why I got in such a hurry. Another couple of hours is going to finish this piece.
This photo above is exposed about right so it’s nearest what the painting really looks like. I signed it lower right and it will soon be hanging in Estes Park at Earthwood Collections Gallery. I hang at Earthwood as a regular but this painting and a few others will be part of a special show hanging there through August and September. The opening is Aug. 7th. The link above will get you to the Earthwood site and there’s a link on there to get you to the show site.
http://www.earthwoodartisans.com/EarthwoodFineArtShow01.htm This one ought to get you to the show site.
After the tape is peeled off there’s a nice hard edged framey kind of thing bordering the entire image. Looks sharp!