This is a new painting that I finished at the end of last week. It is setup very similar to another piece I completed a few years ago. I changed the approach to the sky, as well as the field of flowers. As I continue down this path I am coming to appreciate approaches used by artist before me. Being able to go back to a previous landscapes or locations and paint it from a new perspective or apply new techniques and skills allows for so much growth. I am enjoying this summers work a lot, and look forward to being able to continue this Fall since I will not be returning to the classroom.
Often times people will ask , "How Long does it take to complete a specific painting", and when I tell them, they are almost always surprised. Many people don't realize the amount of preliminary work that is involved before that first brush stroke caresses the canvas. I started a new piece last week. The first step was to sort through my sketches and photos, looking for the right cloud formations. Then came the preliminary sketches, working out the color combinations. Below is a photo of one of two sketches I decided to work from. The other sketch will be used for the second canvas.
8 x 10 preliminary sketch
This 8 x 10 sketch is what I started with on Saturday in the studio. The final piece will consist of two 16 x 20 gallery canvases set side by side. I find that working out my color combinations before hand frees me up to focus on the composition of the final piece. I have added the work that was completed this past Saturday in the photo below.
Hopefully I'll be back in the studio on Wednesday, it appears today is being dedicated to household plumbing problems. I hope you'll check in on the progress of this piece. Till tomorrow.
Today's piece comes from my love of moving water. I really don't care where the water is: lake river,ocean, I love the peacefulness and serenity I always experience when near water. The Ohio River has been anything but beautiful and serene lately. We have been experiencing heavy rains and flooding for the past few weeks and the water is more like the color of milk chocolate, than a calm, serene blue green. Today's piece is just a gentle reminder of what it will look like in the future.