Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sketch for Water Series

Sketch for Little Falls on Glenn Creek, graphite on paper
I have been busy with a new series focused on water.  I am working with smaller pieces on board, layering colors, building thin to fat.  Previously, I worked oils solely with linseed oil or way back with only turpinoid.  Now using a thin base layer cut with turpinoid and subsequent layers cut with turpinoid/linseed or linseed.  This means starting a number of pieces together to allow a bit of drying time.  The change in approach keeps me moving with sketching and planning.  A good discipline.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fall Leaves on Flat Creek

Fall Leaves on Flat Creek, 16x20" acrylic on canvas
Every so often I return to test the waters of acrylic medium.  I struggle with acrylics, it's the plastic texture I think.  Perhaps I'm using old paints that are separating and stringy.  Whatever the case, there are elements I love about this piece: the light reflecting on the water surface and the bold colors of the leaves which are what inspired this piece.  It will be nice to revisit this with oils for more fun.  Happy painting.

This painting is currently available at Atelier Gallery Asheville.