Thursday, October 30, 2008

Using Texture

Impressionist Landscape Nocturne, painting by Jan Blencowe

Jan Blencowe

About This Painting:
Title: Path to the Moon

Media: acrylic
Size: 24 in X 12 in (61 cm X 30.5 cm)

Price: $600, unframed, includes shipping and insurance int the USA

How to Purchase:
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Here are some detail pics of the wonderful textured surface:

The textured surface was created by using impasto gel and a palette knife. After my usual transparent red oxide underpainting, which establishes the composition and the values, I let the painting dry about 10 min. before going into create texture. Instead of random, all over texture I concentrate on painting in the appropriate textural effects for each element of the painting, like tree foliage and grasses, leaving some smoother areas like in the sky and path. The impasto gel applied with a palette knife is rather thick and allows me to use another favorite technique, sgraffito, or scratching in. Once all the texture is in place I let the painting dry for about three hours. Then I can begin to go in with color using a very dry brush and a scumbling techinque. This allows me to use layers of color that show through each other creating very complex color relationships. There are lots of possibilities with this and I'll be exploring more in the weeks and months to come.

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