Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Abstract in oil in progress

18 x 36 Oil on stretched cotton canvas

I'm increasingly seeing the beauty of abstracted landscapes, and I had two ridiculously long, oddball canvases, (of course they were a clearance buy! Why else would anyone want them?) so I decided to get them covered and out of here, and used the odd size to do abstracts. I don't much like most abstract work because it's just like everything else - there's really good and not so good - and a lot in between.  But it can't be beat for exploring color, and I learn something wonderful from everything I try.  

I'm learning to appreciate the tinting strength of thalo green.  It's an intense phony looking color on it's own, but makes some wonderful darks mixed with alizarin, (deep forest green) transparent oxide red (the green of pond and lake water), and dioxazine purple (deep shadows).

In Progress - Clouds over Neahkanie

12 x 24 Oil on stretched cotton canvas

I've currently got 3 paintings going and none are where I want them to be.  This one has some glaring issues with the trees and foreground, and I'm at war with myself about the way I handle applying paint to the surface.  I'll post the final version when I get it there, but I enjoy it when others post their paintings in stages, so I thought I'd do the same.