Monday, September 19, 2011

The Start of a new Autumn Landscape Painting

 Under Painting

 Block In
 First Stage of Development

Palette of Colors: Start lower left and going up and around clockwise, Naples Yellow Light, Warm gray, Toning Gray Yellow, Yellow Ocher, Raw Sienna Dark, Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Green Gold, Olive Green, Chromium Oxide Green, Vermilion, Quinacridone Sienna, Transparent Red Oxide, Quinacridone Red Violet, Ultramarine Blue.

I've had it in my mind to paint this scene ever since I took the photo last October. My painting process has become quite a lengthy thing with layer upon layer already built up and with many more to come.  The last pic shows the direction the painting is heading. It's a tonal direction, with muted colors and soft, lost edges. I've been thinking about George Inness's work a lot lately and also Bruce Crane. This first stage of development is meant to lay the ground work for toning down intensity, creating tonal harmonies, encouraging mystery and to coax a transcendental light.

"During the late 1870s and 1880s, George Inness created some of his most expressive paintings, leaving visible traces of his brushstrokes on the surface of the canvas, thereby reinforcing the viewer's awareness of the artist's presence as creator of the landscape. The union of empirical pictorial freedom and highly enigmatic, visionary spaces and forms emerges dramatically in the late paintings" ~ Carter B. Horsley

That last sentence captures what I am after.

You might wonder why I go to the trouble of creating a structured under painting and a brightly colored block in, if I am just going to paint them out as I develop the painting.

George Inness said
I paint in all these details in order that I may know how to paint them out. 
When you paint in the details and then obscure them by simplifying, reducing, getting to the essence of things the details are transformed by layers of paint and the process of reduction, and while they no longer play a central in the finished painting the painting is richer for them being there in the first place.

I'll have more updates as the week progresses. Stay tuned!!

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