Sunday, April 4, 2010

Three Little Birds - WIP

Working from the photograph below:

I developed a sketch of the concept for this painting:

I tried something new (for me) with this piece.  Working on an 8" x 10" linen panel, I applied a layer of black gesso, allowed it to dry, and sketched my drawing onto it with a very light grey colored pencil.  The painting will go on top of this drawing, so I sprayed it with a workable fixative to prevent any bleed-through:

After studying this stage of my painting, I decided to modify the right picket, turning it into a fence post in order to better direct the viewer's eye into the painting.  I sketched this change onto the panel using a light pink colored pencil.

Again, I sprayed the board with workable fixative and was satisfied with this layout. 

The completed oil painting:

"Warming Up"
Oil on Linen Panel
8" x 10"

Painting on the black background seemed to make the painting go faster.  The black background automatically created shadow when I applied lighter oil paint.  I will use this technique on future pieces.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Malibu Fountain

Finally completed the challenge piece for Studio Atelier in March.  Work and vacation interfered with painting time, but now it's done.  This was a difficult topic; I will have to find easier subject matter for future challenges.

"Malibu Fountain"
6-3/4" x 9-1/2"