Tuesday, July 03, 2012
"Summer Day Ends" ©
It has been a while since I posted a few images of a painting in process and thought this would be a candidate. The scene is located in Eaton Canyon. Usually I look for a view with an entry, such as a river or path. Today I just went for the light on the distant mountains and hope that will pull the viewer into the painting.
To help keep the values nailed down, I painted a loose wash in all the local colors, on the blank canvas.
My goal is to cover the entire canvas thinly with paint.
I was ignoring our hungry cat and she reached up from the floor and gently placed her paw in this pile of Viridian paint. Lesson learned: don't ignore the cat, unless you have lots of time to clean a paint covered paw.
At this point I have each element covered in paint. Now I start again, working from dark to light. I did paint the sky in before the tree so that I could work the leaves into the wet paint of the sky.
12" X 16" Oil on Canvas