CURRENT PROJECT

Fisherman’s Wife (2019)
40″x30″
Oil on Canvas

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2021-HandPaint

PROJECT NOTES:

Fisherman’s Wife (2019) is a 40″x30″ oil on canvas. The original Fisherman’s Wife has always been near and dear to my heart. It was a very labor-intensive piece, but I was also very pleased with the end result – even though I always see room for improvement in everything I do. All in all, it perfectly captured the mood I wanted to impart. It broke my heart to sell it, but that’s what we do in this business.

An early collector of my work has given me the opportunity to revisit this piece as a “Classic” commission. I am extremely excited to have the chance to continue the original work. When finished it will ship to New York. I gotta say, New Yorkers certainly buy a hefty percentage of my work, which is why; I♥NY!

••• Canvas Preparation •••

01/15/2019

Step 1
I started by sketching the overall layout on the canvas, based roughly upon measurements used for the original piece back in 2009.

When painting the original piece, it was my intent for the perspective lines of the blueish building on the left to focus the eye where I wanted it to go. While I have always been happy with the results, it always nagged at me that I could have done a better job of that.

I intend to determine where and how I can improve upon this key element to enhance the effect I want, and ease my tortured mind.\

Unfortunately… this would require math! (dammit!)

01/16/2019

Step 2
A quick flashback to drawing in perspective.
I would strongly recommend that anyone interested in fine art take the necessary time to learn principles of drawing in perspective. You can get away with a lot of looseness in your painting if things are in perspective. Not so the other way around.

I used to calculate all this stuff out and draw it by hand, but now I can draw it up much faster in a program like Adobe Illustrator. I still have to figure stuff out and sketch it on the canvas, but it takes a lot less time.

I’m all about reducing the “prep time” on my work, so I use every resource I can beg, borrow or build to maximize the time spent painting with the oils.

Once I had accurate measurements, I went back to my original 2009 sketch to compare. I used tape to simulate the original perspectives and found what had been bothering me. A couple slight tweaks and I’ll be able to sleep at night again.

Next comes the basic underpainting.

01/17/2019

Step 3
Underpainting is where the fun begins! 
A basic rule of thumb with the colors is to paint “hot-over-cold/cold-over-hot”. For example, the cold colors of the water will overlay the hot red of the underpainting. This technique really adds intensity to the colors. You can also use the underpainting to “tint” the transparent oils that go over them. I typically do a bit of both on my pieces.

It is just a basic rule mind you. In the end, the artist has to decide how they want the colors to play together. 

The good stuff comes next…

••• Painting with Oils •••

01/23/2019

Day One of Oils
Once I finished all the underpainting and sketching, I started with oils. I began with the blue-grey building in the foreground. Using a small palette knife, I made very light impasto swirls to mimic the look of the hand-trowelled plaster on the areas closest to the viewer.

Once dry, I can go back can apply highlights and shadows to accentuate that sense of depth. They become less visible as they recede into the distance, until only colors will provide the sense of depth.

Still a lot of detail left to do here before moving on, but some will have to wait a few days until dry. There’s plenty of other pieces of the puzzle to keep me busy (like lots of bricks!).

01/25/2019

Session Two
Not much to report since the last update! I’ve been measuring and painting LOTS of bricks. I remember telling myself I was never going to do another painting with so many bricks, but I guess it’s not really so bad.

Here are a couple images so that everyone knows I’m not on a beach in the Bahamas (I wish!). The first photo shows the more detailed bricks on the nearest wall. I spent more time in this area adding details that aren’t seen from a distance.

The second photo shows a bit of the measurements needed to maintain perspective as the building rises above the viewer, and keep things aligned.

Finally, the 3rd photo shows where I am at right this moment, I am still painting bricks, and will be for a while longer!!

I will get this updated soon!

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