Medium: Oil on Canvas
Working Title: Chasing the Storm
Here is the layout for a new piece that I am pretty excited about. I like the size at 3’x4′ and am looking forward to replacing my favorite piece, “Black Water” with a bit of a different approach. Here you can see the underpainting and basic sketch.
Here is the first application of the oils. I blended the sky while outlining the cloud structure, and defined the horizon. I masked off the foreground elements just to make for cleaner work moving forward. This will allow me to use thinner oils without having to worry about covering what is already on the canvas.
In this step I built up the clouds to accent the thunderheads and make a dramatic statement that draws your eye. The goal will be to draw the viewer back down to the lone figure. I underpainted the figure with bright white so that she will be prominent when I apply the transparent oils. These are a different style of cloud than I normally do, and I think I can build upon this style – I would love to hear some opinions…
OK, first I put a grey glaze over the cabin to give the wood that old, silvered look.
Once that was dry I did a blue-black glaze over that to create shadows and dimension, and also to drop the cabin a little more into the background. Now I am starting working on the dock, and have painted the figure.
Here is a closer look at the cabin…
And a closer look at the figure.
Finished the dock and added the bird. The flowers are Lucifer Crocosmia, a gift from my
daughter that will live forever in this piece. Lots of other minor details added, so this one is DONE. Photographed outside.