A new oil painting.
same subject as the recent watercolors, however, the process is VERY different. Oil painting is more about molding the image with a series of overlapping marks, it more like making something out of clay - there is a lot of pushing and pulling of the colored marks and surfaces. Whereas in watercolor each marks is indelible so it's more like weaving with colored threads.
One other big difference for me is the scale - the plants are larger than life size and thus it demands more detail. Also I have time - since I am doing it in the studio from a photo and not outside from the source - to be more exacting about the details. Also now since I am a full time artist, I also have time. I don't have to squeeze painting into a small block of week-end. So, this brings up some issues - how 'painterly' should it be or how exact to detail?
These questions make me re-think just what I want the image to be like when it's done. what will the sense of finish be - and how will it be different than work I did last summer?
the painting is 24"x30".
from the beginning it is important to make sure there are marks of similar value but different colors that provide complimentary contrast in order to convey something of the sense of light that is in a growing garden,
I have to say the color is never really good when I post these pictures. this is a cell phone picture - so I'll have to get out my actual camera. None the less, the actual color is very brilliant and I pushed the use of primary colors in complementary relationships as much as I could.
back at it... first three stages done in mostly one day. this represents about 3 hours of painting. The image is 16"x19" and the first of the water colors that is larger than life size. It is on hot press and I found it much easier to do than the ones before it -- but, not done as of yet.
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