Sunday, May 16, 2010

New Painting: After the Storm (Revised)


After the Storm, 24x30, acrylic on linen, copyright 2010 Jan Blencowe

This one is finished for the moment. I'm trying to give my paintings a few weeks of "probation" before I finally declare them ready for a frame. I'm hoping that during this time of probationary rest I will be able to view and evaluate the piece in different light, both physical light, day light vs. artificial light and also in a more metaphorical light. Do issues or problems in the piece come to light as time passes and I view it with a little emotional distance and a cooler, more analytical eye? In light of my intentions does the painting need something more added or something removed to better communicate and fulfill those intentions? Placed beside the other paintings in the series does this one fall in line or is it better seperated out?

I'm hoping that by giving myself more time before making a final judgment about a piece I will produce better work that is more refined and closer to my original vision for the painting.

Here's a bit a history for the creation of this piece....

The initial photo I took as I wandered on the beach during a lull in a nor'easter during a day of silent spiritual retreat at the end of March.


Next came the initial under painting in raw sienna dark...



Below it's in progress.....


My palette of colors.... titanium white, warm white, pearlescent, raw sienna dark, red gold, olive green ultramarine blue, Prussian blue, quinacridone red violet

Above and below, thinning the acrylic down to get watercolor like warm washes of color in the sky....


Using fiber paste medium to create thick impasto texture in the clouds.....

This technique was also used in the foam and breaking waves in the water.


 Finally, a scumbling technique to create mist and fog in the background.

2 comments:

Katherine Thomas said...

Beautiful! You captured that moment when the fogginess of the storm retreats into the distance, and the clarity of the fresh earth stands out. I love it!

AutumnLeaves said...

Many of your paintings just have a look of having been around for many many years. I always wonder how some of you artists do that? I can't tell if it is the color palette itself or some technique that you are using. Either way, this is beautiful and that skim of water on the shore is just exquisite!