Sunday, January 04, 2009

Morning Light, a tonalist sunrise painting & JMW Turner's Watercolor Techinques

Morning Light, painting by Jan Blencowe

Morning Light, 10x10in., acrylic on linen, Jan Blencowe

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About This Painting: This is another painting that needed more development before I was fully satisfied with it. View it in it's original version here. This painting had a good foundation, but it seemed to me that it was just a foundation and that I had stopped developing the surface prematurely. So while there were no significant compositional changes I did do a lot of scumbling and glazing to build up layers of soft glowing color, particularly along the edge of foliage. I am becoming more and more focused on the surface quality of a painting and creating translucent veils of colors successively one over the other. This is so easy with the Chroma Interactive acrylics. The Fast and Binder mediums are particularly helpful for this technique. The Fast medium thins paint down a LOT, and the layer dries very quickly (under 5 minutes), allowing me to go right on with my work, no waiting necessary. I often thin transparent yellow mixed with a little transparent red oxide with the Fast medium and glaze the edges of trees to create glowing rim light. The Binder medium is great as an isolation coat. I cover an entire painting with it in prepartion for serious scumbling of large areas. The binder toughens up the layer of paint below and allows me to really scrub and scumble with a very dry brush. In other words I pick up unthinned paint on my brush wipe most of it off and then scrub, usually in a circular motion over an area. This creates a hazy, smokey, sfumato effect, which I'm partial to creating at the edges of things and in the sky. A good deal of that is lost in the photo, unfortunately, but it's there.

This piece makes a great companion to yesterdays painting Evensong, which is a similar scene at sunset. They are both 10x10 in. on stretched linen and can be purchased as a set for $180 + shipping.

If you're curious about the definition of tonalism, scumbling, sfumato, and glazing click here to see yesterday's post and follow the links.

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Keep reading below for information on JMW Turner's watercolor techinques.

Artist: Jan Blencowe

Title: Morning Light

Media: acrylic on linen
Size: 10 in X 10 in (25.4 cm X 25.4 cm)
Price: $150 USD + $7 s/h in the USA
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Today thanks go to Sally Baker at Sand Hill Art for sharing with me this informative video about JMW Turner's watercolor techinques. The video is part of artist Mike Chaplin's site, and according to his website he has .....been working with Tate Britain filming some of Turner's techniques. Now that's a very cool opportunity!

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