I've taken photos of my latest painting in progress and would like to share this with you so you can see the methods I use when I paint. First, I used many reference photos to study aspens and then I drew my invented scene on the canvas using pencil. Next, above, is the first layer of painting where I put down the big shapes. I painted the background behind the trees first since this will be darker than the trees themselves. My first layer of paint is the darks of the painting and I will come back later and make some of them lighter.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Aspen painting - first phase
Labels: online demos
"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." -Henry Ward Beecher. This is my journey of dipping my brush into my own soul and painting what I find. I have a passion for our American West and those landscapes are my primary focus. But, averaging 6-8 weeks of travel a year, I will paint whereever I am. I usually paint on location, i.e. plein air, but also revel in taking a plein air study and my photographs and using them to create a large, more thoughtful, studio work. In addition to bold brushwork and vibrant color, the power of the composition is becoming more important to my work. The work of Vincent Van Gogh, Maynard Dixon, Edgar Payne, Birger Sandzen, and Walt Gonske has been a huge inspiration to me.