Monday, 26 March 2018

Warming up.

Hello and welcome to my Monday Blog

Another calm day   (Work in progress) 

Oils on canvas  12 x 12 inches

Waiting for Spring to arrive.
  It seems to be taking a long time.  

Thinking of warmer weather prompted me to paint in warmer colours.

Yesterday I began work on some small 12 x 12 inch box canvases.
I painted over the white with a mix of acrylic cadmium yellow and cadmium red.
It made a lovely warm orange underpainting for my oils.

This is the first image but it might change before finishing.
I may lift the horizon so the sky is smaller as there are two similar
divisions of land and sky.  It will make a better composition when altered.

Then the shore would have the main role with the warm sky as supporting act.
In the next painting I have reversed the cast...

Small studies with personality

Another study with a warm acrylic base.

This time I used a little cold wax medium with my oils.
The idea was to depict a warm sky above an abstracted shore at low tide.

I like the lower horizon in this gives the sky more room.
This has the sky as the main role and the shore as support.

I try to remember my it land or sky?
Trying to do both can often be confusing to the viewer.

It has been some time since I used an orange underpainting.
Perhaps I should do this more often as I like the way it peeps through
when I scrape back the oils, adding warmth and interest to the land.

Before winter ends...

I must find a frame for this winter landscape.

Melting  Oils on canvas board 10 x 12 inches

I tried this light blue/green painted frame and left it for a few days.
Something did not seem right.  It appeared a little bland and 'flat'.

Using glazes of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna I applied several
thin coats to the frame until it became darker.   It now looks more at home.

It is interesting how the darker frame pushes the painting back.


The Nadin Group present their spring show in
Sam Scorer Gallery, 5 Drury Lane, Lincoln.

I shall be submitting two paintings for this show and hope they will be selected.

Wilder Shore  Oils on panel  20 x 16 inches

September   Oils on canvas board  12 x 10 inches

That's all for now...until next Monday.
Thank you for visiting.

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