Friday, April 12, 2013

The Beginning of a Maine Landscape Painting featuring Rocks, Water, and Pine Trees


Here's a peek at what's going on in the studio today! 

It's very unusual to see a landscape in a vertical format.  It used to be unheard of, but in the modern art world it has made its appearance, and though you can find plenty of examples of successful vertical landscape paintings, it's still not nearly as common as a horizontal format which naturally lends itself to the landscape.
Choosing an unusual format like this is part of my quest this year to create paintings that have very interesting and unusual points of view. Scenery, as beautiful as it may be, doesn't always make for a compelling  work of art. I'm pursuing methods that will produce landscape paintings as rich and powerful as nature herself. Shoot for the moon and if you miss at least you'll land among the stars!

How it all Begins

Old Holland's Green Umber is such a lovely color for a landscape's under painting, especially on a canvas primed with Daniel Smith Buff Titanium Gesso. Really beautiful, subtle, warm, earthy beginning to work from when painitng pine trees and coastal rocks. Next comes an isolation coat, then the hard work really begins as I get the painting established. I'm sure the rocks will give me fits, all the plane changes, minute color shifts and texture are a challenge, but I always like the way they look when they're done! Plus they are just SO Maine.
Stay tuned for painting progress updates!
 Don't forget to visit my website too!  www.janbencowe.com

No comments: