Thursday, March 25, 2010

Work in Progress-3/2010-nodp

have a piece or two to complete and send to Outer Cape Auctions in Provincetown and the deadline for submission is next week so i thought i'd get in the studio and complete it and ship to cape cod a day or two before its due. trying to lessen my stress by not waiting till the deadline and trying to ship a wet painting in a frame like i always do. also using a fast dry medium in the paint to make sure i dont have to worry about a piece of plastic dragging thru the paint while its being shipped. hard to sleep at night knowing that could be happening at that moment.

so i began with a few thumbnails to wrap my head around the composition and value shapes.

i liked the composition on the top picture, the one on the left bottom the best so thats the value map and composition i'll go with. next comes underpainting the panel. i used some old yellow gauche i had and mixed it with some orange acrylic paint and made a wash out of it. i like the acrylic underpainting because it makes the gesso less "thirsty" and dries super fast.

then i draw the shapes on in the approximate values with alizarin crimson, magenta, and orange mixed with a big dose of Liquin fast dry medium. it soaks in the rest of the way and dries quick.

now i lay in the oil paint with my most favorite beat up 1" brush (panels 12x16) in the approximate colors. my goal on this one is to stay really loose and impressionistic. so far in the block-in, i already like the expansiveness of the piece. the land mass is just the right blue and value and really makes it seem miles away. i'll do some stuff on the grass as it goes back to enhance the effect even more. but that comes at the end. trying to think big picture longer. if you squint, its amazing that a half hour block in can almost look finished. i call that the hard part. now tweaking each shape, giving it atmospheric perspective, subtle temperature changes in the big shapes, having fun on the clouds (a large part of the composition) and punching up the focal point even more. thought this one thru and put the really white boat against a really dark piece of the marsh. all the hard edges will be there, and the biggest changes in values, so there's no question about where i want you to look first .
i'll post the finish when i'm done. hope you enjoy this step-by-step post. let me know in the comments if you find it helpful.


Anonymous said...

Your drawings and explanations are VERY helpful. Thank you so much for taking the time to help your 'fans' !!

Am into palette knife painting and appreciate any tips you can share.

Many thanks...Julie Reagan, Lafayette LA

mike rooney studios said...

thanks for letting me know youre getting something out of these julie- the posts are a little time consuming but i've been really helped alot by other bloggers doing the same thing, so i'm just trying to return the favor, so to speak.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

I'm always fascinated by the technical aspects of another artist. More often than not, the thought in my mind is "I should try that". So, thank you, enjoyed it and look forward to seeing the end result. Also enjoyed your trip to the keys.

mike rooney studios said...

carol- i'm the same way. even tho' i'm pretty satisfied with the way i work, i always pick up something by watching how others start their paintings. i never liked Liquin when i first tried to use it years ago, but after watching a Colley Whisson dvd i love the stuff. it makes the underpainting slide on the thirsty gesso board making bigger paintings more fun and therefor i'll do more of em. so you always learn something watching a variety of people's technique. thanks for commenting and letting me know that youre enjoying the blog. and i'm getting over missing the keys a little bit everyday i'm back home LOL

Steve said...

Mike, thanks for taking the time to post such a detailed rundown of what you're doing and why. Like lots of others I suppose, I find that invaluable. I look at things and wonder alot of times about the how/why/where of what I see and you just answered a whole gunnysack full of those questions for me. When I/we see the finished product, we can put it all together and better understand and appreciate what you did.