Monday, February 8, 2010
Willie or Fred?
Last Friday we painted in the Hockley Valley area. After a quick lunch and warm up we stopped on the south side of a deep valley. The sun was still hidden. So more training the eye for cool light and overcast. Over the outcrop I was painting, some movement in the sky attracted my eye. A pair of Turkey Buzzards circled lazily in a thermal. No wings a flappin'. They slowly moved their spiral over to us to see if we were road kill. Then it occurred to me. I had not seen these birds in the sky while painting all winter. Later I referenced the trusty bird book and found that the Buzzards should be south. Is winter over? Wiarton Willie said no, six weeks to go. Better get a painting.
Even Closer, 10x12, Oil on Linen on Board
This is what I got done before packing in at 3:30. The first linen on panel I have painted since buying a few yards. It took a lot of preparation, even for this tight weave smooth linen. The paint goes on beautifully but the surface is very abrasive. I will prepare more door skin this way.
This morning I gave this painting a few more strokes. It didn't paint itself against the wall over the weekend. The soft touch of the foliage covering the left side of the barn I left alone. I made the outcrop less symmetrical, added paint to the sky in a value and colour gradation, and treated the foreground snow simply to add some depth. I'll get a picture when the paint dries a bit to eliminate any reflection.
After the tightness of the morning paint I was able to use the #14 bristle filbert to paint the majority of this from the beginning wash through the end saving a clean #8 for finish dry brushing.
The palette was Ultramarine, Mineral Violet, Viridian, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange, Alizarin and Titanium White.