Autumn Rain II

AutumnRainII-finished1Once I got the technique that I wanted to implement, it was time to tackle the full 18″x24″ blank canvas that I had been saving for this very painting commission, a painting inspired by my original “Autumn Rain.”

I used a lot more brushwork than palette knife this time around, and I applied each color, layer by layer, starting with yellows, yellow ochre-oranges, oranges, orange-reds, cadmium red, alazarin crimson, followed by a few dabs of yellow-green. I’ve included a short GIF below to show you some of the process, layer by layer.

When all is said and done, I’m very pleased with how the final product came out. This will be the first in a series of this style with different colors and “moments,” all on the same scale as 18×24. I’ve had the idea of doing this as a series for a long time now, and I’m excited to finally get started on finishing it! The sketches have been in my sketchbook for a few years, and it will be nice to bring them into reality.

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A Productive Day in the Studio

Since starting off the New Year with commencing a Studio Sabbatical, I have found it a bit more challenging to get into the studio as often as I intend. With that, I spent the entire day today in the studio, and once I was in there, I knew that it was where I belonged. When I do clear the time to dedicate to being in the studio from sunrise to sundown, I am tired but invigorated from the experience.

I have been working on a series of small studies in working out a particular painting technique that I last used several years ago before I make the final painting for a commission inspired by “Autumn Rain,” an oil painting with the feel of looking out a rainy window in October. 

 In the first study, the painting was created entirely using a palette knife to add thick daubs of paint, then using a palette knife with stand oil to smear the colors together down the length of the painting. After that point, gravity takes over and the very viscous stand oil continues to drip slowly down the canvas. In the first study, I found that the paint daubs weren’t grounded well enough in the canvas, so the stand oil just continued to pull down the paint over time, exposing the substrate, and marblizing the paint at the bottom. 

In the second study, I decided that the paint needed to be more solidly grounded into the canvas, so instead of applying the paint daubs with a palette knife, I used a round brush, rubbing in thick paint on the canvas, followed by smearing the painting with stand oil on a palette knife. I was pleased with the outcome of this study, until I came back the next day to find that most of the stand oil had continued to drop downward, but did not hold the color of the paint, leaving a sheer gloss over the uncovered paint daubs. My evaluation after these first two studies is that I used too much stand oil, and that I should instead use more brushwork in lieu of the palette knife. 

  I was finally pleased with the outcome of trying a third technique. Using a thin round brush, I applied the vibrant paint colors of autumn as though I was painting the foliage just outside my window, blending the colors and layering each color. Then rather than using a palette knife to apply the stand oil, using a fan brush I lightly applied the stand oil to the foliage, using a lot less oil than the previous two studies. I guess the third time’s the charm! 

Now after working on these 8×10 studies, it’s time to get to painting the 18×24 master painting! 

Starting Studio Sabbatical 2016

With the new year of 2016, I am starting a Studio Sabbatical January 1st – March 31. It is my intent to set aside this duration of time to return to work in my studio with more focus, regularity, and intentionality. Through re-allocating a shift in time lost to my busy schedule, I aim to work out some new concepts that I’ve had in the back of my mind and sketchbook for a while. I look forward to working out these concepts on canvas and in mixed media. It is my intent to continue this conversation and share my process and ideas through more documentation, blog posts, and social media.

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