Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Oyster Beds, Mr. Lyles-SOLD

The above painting is another workup for a larger painting to come.


Skiff, Early Morning- 16x20
Contact me if you'd like to purchase this one

Here's the larger piece done from the small warm-up from yesterday. you can even match colors or change them holding the little piece there in your hand.

kept this one really loose by knifing in the large shapes and holding the back of large brushes. i made sure i stayed away from small brushes, mixed lots of medium in with BIG piles of paint. the medium makes things glide around alot better. this has always been my problem painting big, the paint changes ease of application. adding the medium in varying degrees gets rid of that problem.

Does it look loose, and have the "juice" and spontaneous look i was hoping for? Leave me a comment below. thanks

4 comments:

exercise in expression said...

Mike
I like them both. This one was a bit large for your liking wasn't it? I think you did keep it loose with definite precision... did that make sense? Ha! All inall, great job. Dean

mike rooney studios said...

dean
thanks man. yeah, after working smaller for awhile 16x20 is the size of a billboard. maybe one day after doing many many of them i'll get used to painting them. i just love painting smaller.
what you been working on lately?

Denise R said...

I think it is great Mike! It looks loose to me! And it is a boat, not a truck like I thought yesterday. Shows I don't live near the water! haha! When you talk about using larger brushes on the bigger works, what sizes are you talking about (remember, I am a beginner!)? And do you usually use flats, brights, etc? Thanks a bunch for the inspiration!

mike rooney studios said...

denise-
you use the very largest you can and still have control. on a 16x20 i might use #12 and #16's (which are probably 1/2" and up)
lets say youre used to using a #6 on an 8x10, you'd use one twice the width for one that was twice as high and wide. this is just a rule of thumb and there's no formula. just go REAL BIG on your brushes on big paintings. this will keep you loose and fluid.
i use flats and filberts and the occassional bright depending on the stroke i need to make.