Ruby Skies Oils on canvas 3 x 3.5 inches SOLD
A rich title for a tiny study of the spectacular sunset over the lake. This painting is part of the mini-series I have started on some simple canvas covered wooden frames. Now I have got into the swing of creating these little souls I am enjoying my new challenge.
The knack is laying on the paint, aiming to eventually have a luscious oil surface
with dramatic highlights to add some punch. The painting begins by blocking in the composition and at first the surface appears a little boring, even flat.
Then the expressive part comes...using a minimum of white...I sculpt the paint into organic abstracted shapes whilst keeping a recognisable landscape image.
I want to have a miniature painting with a large personality.
I have no wish for photographic reality and the only reference I use is an existing larger painting nearby. By glancing at this from time to time I transfer the basic scene to the smaller support scaling it down by eye. At no time is any pre-drawing done...I use a brush to scrub on the shapes and colours as a trial underpainting, changing if necessary as I work.
The fun is letting this little one evolve on its journey to begin a life of its own.
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