These two paintings are the result of using a large brush and some walnut oil to thin the paint and painting rather loosely and fast. I think they turned out ok. The 12 x 12 took around 1hr and the larger 16 x 20 inch took around 2 hrs. This was a great exercise in painting only the values and no details and this should help me when I go outdoors in the spring to paint.
I have been enjoying doing some work with the palette knife lately. There is a freshness that I cannot seem to get with the brush and I really enjoy painting this way. Here is some new work all done with the palette knife and in oil. All of these paintings are available for sale directly from me or on Dailypaintworks.com - link to the right.
I have been having some fun with abstraction lately. I love layering different colors and values of colors on TerraSkin. This paper takes the acrylic wonderfully due to the very smooth surface. TerraSkin is a paper like product made of crushed stone and is practically indestructible. For these abstracts I started off by laying down a color in spots and then a layer of gel medium with a palette knife. After this has all dried, I continue to layer color on with a very large palette knife using varying pressure. Because there is a layer of the gel there will be spots that are raised and these spots take the paint differently then the smooth areas leaving a lot of texture and variation on the surface. I love how this looks and feels!
These two paintings were done mostly with a palette knife in acrylic. I like using a palette knife with small paintings as it allows me to paint quickly without worrying about all the small details and I like how the canvas is showing a lot of texture. These two are both 12 x 12 inches and are for sale in my Dailypaintworks gallery.
I thought I would give acrylic a try again after some not so great starts recently. After I got used to the faster drying time I was really excited about what I could achieve with this medium. I don't have to wait days to paint over something I don't like so I found it great for this as I made lots of changes to this painting. I am fairly happy with the results and will be using acrylic again for landscapes.
I thought I might post the steps to arrive at a finished oil painting for those of you who may be interested.
#1. The underpainting is usually done in acrylic and is basically just a map to show where the darks and lights will go. This could change as the painting progresses. #2. The first layer of oil paint. This layers brings in the color palette that will be used. The paint is very thin at this point, mostly with paint thinner and a bit of liquin. This will help the painting dry quickly so that I can continue on the next day usually. #3. The finished painting. I usually let it sit for a few days to dry and then will go back in and do a few details and some touch-ups. I really have to be careful not to overwork the painting (really easy to do) or it will loose the freshness that I am going for.
So that's it in a nutshell! This painting is 24 x 30 inches and is painted mainly from my imagination and some photo of marshes and estuaries.
This painting is based loosely on some photos of the Cowichan Estuary that I have plus a bit of imagination and the color study that I did previously. I really like the warm colors and wanted to do a large painting using reds and oranges.
This is a color study in preparation for a larger painting I plan on doing soon. It is always good to work out the colors and composition before committing the time and effort into a larger piece. The only thing I may change is this painting is the two trees. I am not sure they are really working.
I have been playing with my acrylic paints and doing a bit of experimentation with intuitive abstract painting. Although it was a a lot of fun to do it was harder than I thought it was going to be. I have always been very tight in my renderings of a still life and even a landscape, so actually painting without a plan or knowing where it was going was an eye opener for me. It is very hard to let go of all the habits (good and bad) that I have gathered during the years I have been painting so this little exercise was a good start in my loosening up and just enjoying the process of putting paint on canvas. Also working large is always very liberating! You will be seeing a lot more of these types of abstracts from me in the future for sure BUY NOW
I was very honored to be asked to co-author this book available for sale as of August 2014 online and in many fine book stores. The book features the work of several fine artists as well as myself giving instruction on how to paint still life in acrylics. The book is beautiful and very helpful to anyone wanting to learn how to paint landscapes, still life and animals in acrylic and is full of great advice and lovely pictures explaining how to step by step.