Friday, January 02, 2009

Peaceful and Harmonious Paintings for the New Year

Evening Light, Tonalist Sunset, painting by Jan Blencowe

About This Painting: Tonalist Sunset

Artist: Jan Blencowe

Title: Evening Light
Media: acrylic on mueum quality panel
Size: 20 in X 16 in (50.8 cm X 40.6 cm)
Price: $480 USD + $15 shipping, handling, insurance in the USA

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How on earth did we get here? LOL Here's the progression:

The original painting, Daylight, that was supposed to be Turner-esque, but lacked surface texture, drama, passion and was too cool in temperature.

Yesterday's post explained the repainting process and the addition of lots of impasto gel to build up surface texture.

Still and all , I know you're thinking the finished piece is a lot different from the painting on the easel and indeed it is! How did that happen?? As I was thinking this piece over I decided that all the elements were too horizontal (read, boring). I decided that some vertical movement was necessary and trees were an obvious choice. I began flipping through my book on Turner and I came across this Turner painting (WARNING this link is to one of those horrid sweatshop outfits that copies paintings, however it was the only image of the painting I could find). The tree shape and the warmth of the color scheme provided the rest of my inspiration. Once I got the trees in on the right I knew exactly how to bring the painting to a finish. The colors were warmed up considerably and since there was a wonderful textural foundation already laid down by the impasto gel the day before scrubbing in layers and layers of luminous atmosphere was very easy. I'm now in the process of adding several isolation coats using binder medium, and then the painting will get a final coat of archival varnish.

When I study Turner's works one thing that strikes me is how diverse his subject matter is, architecture, Biblical scenes, mythological scenes, ships and seas, coasts, castles, figures, animals, peasants, countryside, and much more. However, it is always apparent that his real subject is light and atmosphere, developed through texture and layers. That's the part of Turner's work that so inspires me and challenges me to keep painting. I never want to be a copiest, without an original visual voice or brush stroke, but I certainly am glad I have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the masters.

"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." ~Oscar Wilde

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