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Land of Wandering

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On the Easel
Land Of Wandering (Nod)

Size: 24″ x 30″
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Working Title: Nod

On the Easel    David Fedeli   2/7/2009

2/07/09

With the majority of my pieces, I paint most, if not all of the canvas with a red acrylic. Robert Watson taught me to follow the traditions of the old Venetian masters and the technique of hot over cold, and cold over hot. He demonstrated to me on several occasions how it interacts with the oils to create more dynamic results. While the underpainting technique and colors vary depending on what the intent of the piece is, cold over hot and hot over cold is the rule.
Sketching done using white pencil.

2/08/09

The remainder of underpainting is done using yellow acrylics. The oil paint added to these areas will interact with the yellow underpainting to create warm, earthen tones. The yellow also serves to create a permanent guide which allows me to reference the layout.

2/21/09

Today I have added the cold skies over the hot red underpainting. I then began working on the foreground elements. Achieving the tan hues is aided by the yellow underpainting. These contrasts create very powerful, lively colors. The variety of “misplaced” colors used in the boulders creates interest that will attract the eye.

2/27/09

In this session, I completed foreground details and added the figure. The deep shadows create a very dynamic effect, and the purple areas add a bit of a soothing feeling – Fini ~ !!

Re-titled “Land of Wandering” (“Nod” in Genesis). This one will show in Gallery Cuvee for the month of March.

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When Cain killed his brother Abel, God banished him to forever wander aimlessly through Nod, which roughly translates to the land of wandering. This painting is my depiction of that lonely journey. Cain wanders, forever suffering from the actions he took against his brother. His guilt and torment must have been relentless.

 

This piece recently sold to a collector in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

See you again soon…