Sunday, November 01, 2009

Work in Progress, new tonalist marsh landscape, Jan Blencowe

copyright 2009, Jan Blencowe, Connecticut, USA
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Here's the latest, a bare bones beginning of a new painting. This is a 24x30, acrylic on linen This under painting is done in transparent red oxide and provides a roadmap of values for the final painting.

I really like starting out with this kind of scenario. Thin paint is easily wiped off while the composition is fleshed out and then the thin paint allows for an easy way to scrub in an indication of texture. Light areas are easily ragged out while the paint is wet setting the stage for the luminosity I'm always after.

If you've never created a painting by first laying in an under painting I highly recommend you try it a few times and see if it can help you achieve your goals.

My next step is going to be laying a few glazes of ultramarine blue to further accentuate to shadow areas, before going in with color.

During the week I'll be showing a few watercolor sketches along with more updates of this paintings progress.

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