Size: 30″x40″
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Working Title: Waiting Games
Pieces of You; I’m sure the title on this one will probably change at some point. The idea I had for this title is not really what this piece is intended to be – I just couldn’t come up with the title yet. This is one of those emotional pieces that will find a title somewhere in the creative process.

I have have dearly missed having “Black Water” hanging in my home, so this is the next step in that particular theme. I have underpainted the canvas in my usual manner, and added the highlights to define the layout once I begin covering everything with oils. I am very much looking forward to working on this project.

Pieces_of_You2 3/29/2014
In this photo you can see that I made a great deal of progress over the last 2 days. Still a ton of work to be done on the clouds, but a satisfying start overall. The paint is at that tacky point where I have to let everything dry fully before going back in to add more.

Lately I have been experimenting with a “slow-dry” medium I mixed to extend the drying time of the oils. It works really well for portraits and still-life pieces, but I am still not too sure I am ready to try it on one of these landscapes.

I will add in some texture in the water and some elements of interest – perhaps a boat near the dock. There is also quite a bit of work to do on the dock itself, which I can do while waiting for the rest to dry.

For those interested in the slow-dry medium, here are the ingredients used;

odorless mineral spirits
linseed stand oil
refined linseed oil
Venice turpentine
oil of cloves

Shoot me an email and I can send you the formulation.


Here is the finished piece, photographed outdoors.

I went back and did quite a bit of work on the clouds. I was not really satisfied with them as of the last sitting, but I couldn’t do anything about it until everything was dry. I pretty much worked all of the cloud areas to brighten and create highlights.

Obviously, I finished the dock and added some detail elements in the water. I am very happy with the way this turned out. It is already hanging in my family room – hope the dumb kitty doesn’t notice it, because it’s still wet!

This piece is in the online Gallery now and is available for purchase.