Sunset View: Canvas Painting

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I wanted to make a painting that demonstrated the way sunlight travels across land.


My Version/Study of Rembrandt’s Portrait

After eight days of study, beginning with a charcoal drawing, a Verdaccio underpainting, and finally adding color, I am happy to say that this is complete. I could have gone in with more details but I chose to leave it as. The medium used was a mix of Venetian turpentine, damar varnish, and linseed oil. I learned so much using this process and will be doing this again in the future. I am curious to see how this old master’s technique and medium may be applied to a landscape painting. I guess I will find out soon!

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Finished painting….



Here are some progress pics:

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Charcoal underpainting and beginning of the Verdaccio painting….

Rembrant painting in progress.jpgHere I used many colors to create the illusion of natural flesh. The same color in the background was used in the face.


Work in Progress… Charcoal Underpainting (Study)

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This is an underpainting done with charcoal. I will painting over this in verdaccio, which is done using a combination of grays, greens, and brown color. It is a technique used in classical paintings. This is my rendition of a self-portrait by Rembrandt. I will be finalizing the details this weekend before painting this. This is the first time I have gone this detailed on a drawing before painting.

Landscape Oil Painting (Wetlands)

My first drawing sold was based on this same area I visit regularly, Triplett Park. It is a natural wetland that has been turned into a recreation area and contains a running path, outdoor exercise equipment, a walking trail, biking trail, and plenty of beautiful birds. It is a great way to preserve a wonderful and rare area. I titled this painting Serenity because it truly encapsulates this place. Again, I used several colors within the vegetation in shadow to maximize the light shining through. This is a similar technique I use when painting still-life and even portraits. This painting will be featured in my upcoming show in December in Savannah, GA.

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12″ x 16″ Panel

A Beach View: Oil on Panel

This painting began as a simple wetland landscape, but I decided to turn it into a beach. The water was painted without any reference so I had to really get into the mindset of how water moves. It was particularly challenging to make the water appear as if moving forward. I used many shades of blue, green, and pink for the waves.  I found that using more than one color, even within the shadows of the trees, creates a more dynamic painting.

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Oil on Panel…