Friday, December 29, 2006

"Golden Time" ©


Today I simply had great fun with color. I pushed to the "neo impressionism" limit, as far as I could. Also of note, I experimented with a new ground of hardwood covered in white gesso. It was very different from canvas and allowed some movement of my brush that was quite exciting.

Oil on board, 8" X 10"


René PleinAir said...

Very nice, i even could turn down the heater with such colors.

Have you ever read this thread?

Laura Wambsgans said...

Hi Rene, Thank you for going along with my color spree. I have spent a bit of time on wetcanvas and think the site is a terrific source for artists. I don't know the specific thread you mentioned but will look for it. Have a wonderful New Year. Laura

Lael said...

Hello Laura
love your paintings, would you discuss your colour pallete and methods if you have time?

Laura Wambsgans said...

Hi "Hummingbird Sky Sudio", thanks for the comment and looking at my blog. My color palette depends upon the scene. When painting plein air I use a very limited palette. Today, I used just a lemon yellow, ultra marine blue, vermilion red and brown pink. When I am working in the studio I use a "mother" color and play off of that. My goal is to give the painting harmony.

As far as method, again it depends a lot on the time I have, the subject (complexity) etc. Usually I block out the composition with a liner brush, then block in the darks, then finding the largest shapes block in everything. My goal at this point is to cover the entire canvas with paint. Once accomplished and feeling good about the composition, then I start to paint. Usually working from rear to front. I am constantly trying to make sure that I have a focal point, good values, shapes creating a pattern etc.

Getting to the end of the painting I keep checking to see if it's still reading, I haven't lost any separations between items and so on.

I hope this is what you were looking for. Sorry it's so loose, but each painting demands it's own pattern. I see the finished painting in my mind before I even start working and that image gives me the approach for that piece.

If you have any other questions, just email or comment here, I'll do my best to answer you.


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