Sunday, January 24, 2010

Second in the New Landscape Series

This is the underpainting for the second painting in my new series of landscapes focusing on the enduring strength of the land.

This is the color block in and the beginnings of creating atmosphere using a scumbling technique in the sky.

The video below demonstrated how I go about creating atmospheric clouds using a scumble. Both videos can also be viewed on my youTube Channel

The second video shows the finished painting and how various techniques like sgraffito and compositional elements like large simplified shapes work together to achieve a balanced painting that supports my theme of a strong, enduring landscape.

Finally, here is the finished painting...

Morning Stillness, 24x30, acrylic on linen
copyright 2010, Jan Blencowe

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AutumnLeaves said...

Beautiful finished painting, Jan. I often use scumbling in my grasses, though I do tend to work largely in watercolors. I love the sound of the word! The enduring strength of the land...Not sure if you intend a dual meaning (literal and figurative as it pertains to painting), but that is how I took it and can see it with your work. Love the light too!

Jan Blencowe said...

Thanks! I think this whole series is more about what's going on in my inner landscape right now and my own personal need for the strength to get through some things in my life.

Painting is a wonderful tool for working out difficult issues in a positive, productive and healthy way.