12x24, acrylic on linen
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Yesterday I was out painting at Rocky Neck State Park with fellow painter Stapelton Kearns, he's one heck of a great painter and he has a very informative blog that I highly recommend you check out, http://stapletonkearns.blogspot.com/
So what's all this above? It's yesterday's plein air painting that came home unfinished, and since it was such a beautiful morning I decided to set up my tabletop easel on the deck and continue to work on it.
This whole summer I've only been painting small field studies using my little home made pochade box. But yesterday I decided to bring something a little larger, a 12x24.
More and more I'm realizing that my larger works created entirely in the studio or begun outdoors and then completed in the studio are something entirely different than the small pochades.
The pochades are more likely to stay closer to the actual scene. As soon as I begin going larger I have a strong desire to take a great deal of artistic licence and create what I think of as a poetic landscape, carefully crafted for luminosity, emotional content, mystery and mood.
I wasn't very happy with this yesterday, but a day working on it at home, and now it is beginning to develop into something rich with possibilities. I've been layering on color in both a scumble and glaze and a beautiful surface is beginning to build up. At the end of the day I put on an isolation coat and will continue to build up layers again tomorrow as well as address some compositional issues and pay attention to edges and shapes.
In my mind's eye I have glimpses of the finished painting and from that I know I have a long ways to go, but I can say that I am enjoying working on this piece a great deal.
Stay tuned, I'm hoping to have another progress photo for tomorrow's post.