Aug 02, 2010
Filed In Inspiration
This is a short painting demo with a few step-by-step photos, revealing a brief look a the progression of what goes into developing and completing a painting.
This is one of the many photos I took as a reference as I was doing the 6x8 field study below.
This is the second field study I completed at Warrens Point that week. The first one was ‘Monteagle vista’ and I made the decision that I wanted to keep expanding out the view to be a wide open distant vista affect so I went to a smaller 6x8 panel just focusing mainly on design, color and value patterns and incorporating more sky and clouds. After completing the studies I went into the studio and after analyzing the photos decided I wanted to expand the view even more in my larger painting and also did a few pencil value sketches to help develop a balance between the amout of foreground and distant ground, since I wanted to have foreground to lead you into the painting but didn’t want to take away from the seemingly infinite distance I observed while there.
I first began by identifying where I was going to place the major shaped and masses with a thin wash of burnt sienna and french ultramine blue. More often I will also just use a warm sepia color mixed from my 3 primaries.
I began carefully massing in the trees and shadow patterns, focusing on warm and cool relationships of all the many greens.
...began working in the sky and foreground, paying particular attention to try to make the clouds float and the sky fade into the distance as it meets the horizon.
Next I laid in the distant ground to finally have the canvas covered and then backed away to make sure everything was harmonizing.
I slept on it a day or two, let it simmer and then came back with a fresh eye and began to repaint and pay more attention to details and work to pull together the individual areas of the painting. This is the point where I start to feel like I could stop at any time.
The Finished 24x36 Painting - ‘Warrens Point Morning’
A few days later I came back with a fresh eye and cooled down the rock to more natural gray and worked some of the foreground foliage making it lighter and more intense to bring it forward and make the valley seem even more distant….placing very little detail and emphasis on the rocks so you won’t linger and can easily just use them as a passage way into what lies beyond. At this point I decided I had said what I wanted to say with the painting and considered it finished.