I am starting to enjoy the use of acrylic paint for the under-painting. It allows me to work farther into a painting in one session and allows the painting to maintain a certain vibrancy that is hard to achieve with oil paints alone. I make go back on the left side to add more detail. I have learned that there are infinite ways to paint clouds and water. The key is to add many colors and work them towards one another.
I love working on highly textured surfaces. Lots of scraping and laying on of thick paint involved. I enjoy creating a mural-like scene. I guess a part of me thinks back to my upbringing in Bronx, New York. Since I was a child, I was always interested in murals and the textures around me–bricks, cement, and walls. I loved watching the way old buildings decayed to reveal interesting colors and patterns beneath the surface.
I’m am almost done with this one. I still may need to make a few adjustments, but I am satisfied with the expression. I did not take any progress shots. I began this with a charcoal drawing followed by an under-painting.
I love the intricacies of water–Each brushstroke and the addition of color work to create movement and life.
Clear Waters: Acrylic on 24″ x 18″ Canvas
Finished up the final details of this piece using the Venice turpentine. I wanted to bring out the sentimentality of the person depicted.
Oil on 12″ x 16″ Wood