I’ve been working on this landscape today. Above you can see how I have blocked in the color with a brush. It actually looks pretty cool this way but I just love layering on the buttery paint. This is on panel so there is a lot less give than canvas, so I have to be careful with the amount of pressure I use. Too soft and the underpainting won’t grab the paint, too hard and the knife digs into the under layers and paint squeezes out the sides. Painting on panel is nice, I get that immediate raised texture with a few layers, below is where I have started to add paint with the palette knife.
I will take a higher quality photo of it tomorrow, it is actually a touch more vibrant than this. Over all, it was a challenge (5-day paint-a-thon) but I am looking forward to my next large painting.
I took on a huge challenge this weekend. Though I am known for my small works, I am breaking out and going larger. It is interesting and a bit frustrating to see if your particular style translates well to other sizes. Staring at this huge blank canvas was exciting, but when I started to sketch it in a feeling of panic set in. What have I gotten myself into? The amount of paint, time, glasses of wine, hours on my feet…Aaaaaahhhhh!
I stared at my sketch for about an hour. Mentally mapping out my plan of attack. Then it all fell into place, sketch and block in color the first day, get the darks and background in on the second, start the detail work on the third and keep going until I finish. It may seem like second nature to some artists but when you are used to slinging paint and finishing in under 4 hours, my three day paint-a-thon feels like forever!
Above is where I decided to stop tonight after about 3 days / 20hrs of painting. I will rest up, relax and continue tomorrow.