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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
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.
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.
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…