Thursday, January 31, 2008
Another Full Disclosure Demo
Okay....Here I go again! This is risky you know?! I could fail....yikes!!! But I figure that this will keep me thinking and not getting lazy in the process. It's a lot like teaching workshops and classes. I'm putting myself in full view of the three or four of you who look at this blog. That means that I better get it right....right?
So this is a 24x30 on stretched Yarka linen that I re-primed with Studio Products White Lead Primer. The surface is so wonderful to paint on that I've already decided that I will need to take a week later this spring and stretch linen and prime it with this primer, build a drying rack and stock up with many sizes.
I'm using a pretty limited palette for this one. For some reason I'm feeling 'tonalist' and am only using Cad Lemon Yellow, Light Yellow Ochre, Permanent Red Medium, Permanent Madder Deep, Ultramarine Deep and Raw Umber...that's right, RU! I almost never use that color but like it for it's smoky quality in greens and grays. Plus it dries faster and I am hoping for that too. For white I'm using Studio Products Great White, Flake white.
Sooo, what am I painting? Well I am going strictly for mood again. The composition isn't complicated. The color will be complicated even though it's tonalist in it's limitations. It's that subtle thing again. I think it's more difficult (for me) to reign in the profusion of color possibilities and keep my harmonics in balance in a lower keyed scale. That is my challenge for this painting and the 'thing' that I want to portray. So here we go....you and I will see what happens.
This view is from about 4 hours work yesterday. All of the work to this point has been laid in with a palette knife. Then I came back to it with bristle brushes to 'knock' down the look of the knife. I want the knife qualities but don't want them to be overpowering and too 'knife like'. Apply, scrape, smooth, brush out, scrape, apply, smooth, brush out. That's the exercise in brief.
My disclaimer is: Beware, anything can change at any time...and is likely to.
I'll be posting my progress at least once a day or when something interesting actually happens!