Sunday, August 19, 2012
Anyway, I just started a new painting using a photo for reference. The photo was taken at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz last week. Evening was upon us, but there was enough light to take a few photos down by the lake. My friend took a lot more and they are spectacular! What great subject matter, huh?
So this canvas is 12 x 16, gallery wrapped, gessoed and toned with raw umber. I did a
sketch with vine charcoal and using thinned raw umber I did a line and mass in underpainting.
This phase allows you to make changes to the composition very easily. I want the little gazebo that is the Mohonk trademark to be the focal point, so I started the color layer in that area. My plan is to finish that part in great detail and then give less attention to the other areas as I paint outward. At least that's my plan! We'll see. My mind knows what I want to do, but getting my hands to do it is another thing! I'll post the progress. Stay tuned...