Saturday, July 19, 2008

Just Before The Storm

 
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This is an oil on canvas covered board, 11x14. It is an exploration of a technique suggested to me by my teacher, Marilyn Dale. It was the initial attempt at the technique and as such (as far as the technique goes), not very good. However, as a painting, I like the piece.

The technique is this: Cover the canvas with a thin medium tone Burnt Umber. Use a cloth to wipe away paint and create the light areas of the piece. Add darks with undiluted Burnt Umber and feather (where necessary) with a dry brush. Sounds easier than it is.

13 comments:

moneythoughts said...

Good start. It can't be easy, and I would not want to do one.

LceeL said...

moneythoughts: I tried this first one before I saw samples of the technique. Now that I have a better idea, I'll try a new piece tomorrow.(today)

Jennifer said...

I like this with the extra touches too, but I also liked it before you added anything more, but I guess I do like it better now. :) i think you did a fantastic job! I wouldn't want to be in that boat... looks like a terrible storm brewing!!

xoxoxox

Lady Language said...

Sounds difficult to me! The clouds are really cool - dark a ominous. I like it.

Big Momma Pimpalishisness said...

Very nice.

Sandy C. said...

Sounds incredibly difficult to me!

I think you did a great job. I like the piece. The skies remind me of Florida, just before a heavy, intense storm over the bay :)

Queen Goob said...

That is an unusual technique. The background color of the canvas is extraordinary.....and the same color as my bedroom. (You and I are cool like that)

And I agree with Sandy, it does resemble a stormy sky over the water here in Florida; perfect for hurricane season.

Holly said...

Doesn't sound easy at all!

tashabud said...

You seem to have lots of hobbies you're persuing. How and where do you find time to do all these plus work and family. I'm impressed because, I can't seem to find time to do other stuff aside from work, family, and blogging.

mde art said...

I really like the effect the sienna-based color palettes have on your artwork. This one has so many parts working together that it affects me before I know what to say. It's hard to think while looking at it because the emotion is strong... the isolated white boat draws me in, and the sky mirrored in the water lets my eye know that even though I'm focused on the boat there is something ominous above, but distant. Once I take in the puffy clouds, pushed and pulled with light and dark, I keep looking up and down, trying to figure out what's going to happen or what has already happened. Very mysterious, and the story is an imaginative trigger and a highlight for me.

Thanks for sharing your artistic development!

~Michael

The Dude said...

cool. I play with the paint that way all the time, rubbing it out, putting some back in. I like the complexity of it.

Veronica said...

I really like this. I see a short story coming from it...

Shý said...

...just before the storm it all seem so calm. Beautiful~