I am about to start a 48 x60 painting. I have several ideas but won't know what I'm going to paint till I actually lay paint to canvas. Shipping on something this big is hundreds so I have to remove it from it's frame and mail it in a tube. Then for a small cost the new owner can have it re-stretched. It might be one I could deliver locally or someone can pick up. I'll let you all see it as I progress. Sometimes I paint along with famous artists that have on-line classes or TV classes to perfect my techniques. So I may use a basic painting I see there and change it some. Like my mountain scene. It was partly from a class and partly from my Yellowstone and Utah pictures I took.
I finally decided to paint a lighthouse with dark ominous sky. I'll put a little fantasy in this picture.
I started by painting this canvas in shades of grey. I used strokes that would help to make the painting easier later. If you look closely you will see my charcoal sketch of the rocks and the lighthouse on the top of the rock.
Here I began to paint in the colors. Very difficult with such a large canvas. The paint dries quickly. I try, fail, try again till I get the look I want.
I used the knife to put in my rocks. Began adding some accent colors. Some clouds which are just a start. This sky will be very busy.
My little lighthouse is mostly finished. Needs a little work. Later I'll risk ruining the entire painting putting in the glow from the light. I'll research what kind of glow the light throws and how far.
Added some more clouds and some background mountains.
It Can be frustrating to try to capture the color of the painting on film. It looks.completely different depending which lights I use. But this is how much I have finished so far.
You can see my little house way up high. Below is my latest work on the picture. I will give it a name soon and re-title this blog.
I'm pretty much finished here. just a little this and that. But I'm pretty satisfied. I think it's saying what I wanted. It really was a lot of work to do such a large work but I'm glad I did.
I think this is a final. Maybe.
Art is new, exciting, and rewarding each and every day. Weather I use oil, acrylic, pastel, pencil, or any other medium I thoroughly immerse myself in the experience. Each piece is an individual, an original. I am proud of my growth as an artist and would love to share my passion with you. Hope you enjoy my blogs.