A while back I finished the painting Sun. An oil on linen stretched canvas painting. When I made the canvas for this painting I made two identical canvases always intending to create a companion painting to Sun. Sometimes things take a little longer then we anticipate. In this case I had to repairs that badly needed doing to the art studio. The repairs are complete the studio is cleaned and reorganized and now FINALLY I am back in there painting away. It feel like a brand new art space!
This is one of two or three blog entries detailing the process of ‘Moon’ Enjoy!
Here is the blank canvas. 24″ x 24″ gessoed and ready to go! The first lean layer laid down giving me a general idea of my layout.
Here is how far I got last night after a solid 5 hours painting!
A quick snapshot of the different media I use during the painting process. Not all are always used in each painting.
The transition for me from Winter into Spring has been a busy one. Unfortunately that meant something had to be neglected and in this case it was my little blog. However, I am back! And I am starting a new set of paintings, or rather continuing a previously started series with a couple of repurposed canvases. I spent the last couple days gessoing… sanding and gessoing again. Today I laid down the bottom layer of color on each. I don’t always do this, but I thought what the heck! Besides it will help me to focus on the new paintings I want to produce and forget the old ones that were once on the canvases. I have one 3′ x 4′ and one 2′ x 4′.
The series I will be continuing is my Contrasts series. Stay tuned for an announcement on show dates and space for this series!
I was finally able to steal a day for working on this painting. I did as I said and moved the clouds forward into the middle ground. Also, I broke up the tree line hoping to make them less clumsy looking. I think thus far the strategy is working nicely. I want to continue to work with the trees maybe building a little more contrast into them and into the smoke.
Particularly these two areas need work. I want to move more of the cream/brownish tone from the center into the large smoke shape on the right. Also, something has to happen about those trees. At the same time I want to start thinking about the lower horizontal field area. I think it has a good start with layering but something more needs to be going on there.
Here is hoping that my next post on this will be soon and a completion of this painting.