Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wet Paint

"Through the Arch" 14x11 oil on panel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Over the weekend I finished the small painting of the Washington Square Arch.  It looks a little off kilter here because I have it just taped into the frame to see if this is the one I want to use as opposed to a gold plein air frame.  I think I will stick with this one.  I continue to find it difficult to stay loose when painting architecture.  I am making a point of not sketching it in first or using a straight edge because I need to get away from my years of drafting.  I find it quite a challenge.  Being literal and specific was required of me as a landscape designer when illustrating architecural elements of a design so I tend to want to correct myself a lot.  I think it is more important to let the painting flow and not get hung up on the details but that is easier said than done.  I have been spending time looking at Turner's handling of architecture and wishing I could pull that off!

"Primal", 12x16 oil on linen panel
I felt the need to get back to more familiar territory so Monday afternoon I painted "Primal" from memory.  The place in my mind was Currituck Sound and the sky is like one of many I have witnessed there.  I found painting it to be a release.  I am in one of those stages where I want to be challenged but at the same time want to feel confident.  Painting the Sound is always like comfort food for me.

       Today I primed two 16x20 panels, one for a DC painting and the other one for an enlarged and embelished version of the plein air painting I did on December 30th.  The latter will be on clear primed linen and the DC painting will be on gesso board that I have toned with yellow ochre.  I will try to remember to photograph them in progress so I can post them here.  I am not doing that just to show YOU my process I find it also helps me to revisit how I painted a particular painting.  Honestly, sometimes I just plain forget how I did it!

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