Monday, April 13, 2009

Work in Progress Tonalist Spring Landscape

Work in Progres Tonalist Spring Landscape, painting by Jan Blencowe

About This Painting: Ok, here's a new one, acrylic on linen, 16x20. I'm using some of the new colors I've been trying out including Indian Yellow, Cobalt Turquoise Light, and Red Gold along with my other landscape fav's transparent yellow, transparent red oxide, ultramarine blue, quinacridone red violet and olive green.

I started out with a loose paint sketch done in trans. red ox. and then glazed the whole canvas with transparent yellow. Blocked in fast, loose and bold both in brushwork and color. Now I'm in the refining process doing my typical glaze and scumble techinques.

One thing I'm noticing right away is that the single tree on the right is waaaay to straight and needs a little twist and bend for interest.

It's been quite a journey for me going from a fast painter working alla prima at a breakneck pace focusing on color and expressive, fresh, emotional brushwork to a slow painter thinking, planning and working in stages, adding layers, building the painting surface up slowly over many painting sessions. Not relying on broken brush strokes for emotional content but patches of soft, gauzey veils of scumbled color and indistinct layers of atmosphere.

Change and growth is exciting!

News Flash

The Easter Sunday edition of the Hartford Courant featured my painting Marsh at Sunset, and a short write up about me on the cover of their iTowns section. A surprise better than a chocolate bunny,(ummmm, well maybe better lol)

Marsh at Sunset, 20x30, acrylic on linen

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1 comment:

brendathour said...

Congratulations on being featured. I can see why they chose you and this painting. The painting and colors are breath taking. Perfect for Easter.