Monday, July 27, 2009

Gunners Cove

Well it proved to be too much for this artist to blog while away painting. I'll try harder next trip.

The truth is that the people and scenery of Newfoundland take one's attention away from communications. Here is a setup on the beach at Gunners Cove near L'anse aux Meadows at the far north of the west coast.

Settled In, 10x12, Oil on Canvas on Board

The painting is at the beginning of the early stage fill-in for the warm morning light. The preliminary warm colour in the water will assure that the water "stays in the sunlight". This simplified composition takes about 10 minutes to block in the colour masses in the prevailing colour key. Since I was limiting painting sessions to one hour, I generally only went to the second stage - adjusting the colour, value, intensity of the colour masses. If I was lucky I was able to begin the third stage of indicating the colour variations in the colour masses. From this level of completion I am able to complete the study in the studio or take the image to a larger painting. The key is to see the colour variations in the colour masses and at indicate them on the painting.

To this point I used a #12 bristle filbert and four of the pigments that were left out from the last session the day before. These pigments were, Cerulean Blue, Alizarin, Cadmium Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep, and Titanium white (basically a set of primary colours). The others were left for another day.

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