I wanted to have this finished by now, but I have a cold. I am happy with it though. I’m looking forward to the big canvas. The trees are next. There are little cedars here and there, and then the big tree.
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I got a little more done today. This rugged terrain, spotted with cedar trees is very interesting to paint. The distant land in background is behind the veil of humidity for depth. I hope I will have time to work on it again tomorrow.
10″x16″ stretched canvas
I approached the Parish staff with this question: How should I paint the Angel’s skin color? Do we want many colors or a color that hard to distinguish race? I tested these options. The answer the staff theorized based on the Bible was: Angels are not humans, and humans do not go to heaven to become Angels. Therefore, angels shouldn’t look like any race, but at the same time they should be full of light.
The first on the left looked like a white person, eventhough they aren’t typical flesh colors. That won’t work.
The second on the left above, has no race but NO WAY, she’s cold and scary!
Back to the drawing board! I tried colors that were gold and copper and tried to make hard to distinguish race, but they do look human. Nope!
I did the one on the left, and they were pleasantly surprised at the effect. There is the presence of light, and we think not of any race. But what about the green, and very pale in values? Hmmm?
On the right, I thought what about Purple to neutralize it, and then Pink to Yellow, I never seen anyone of those colors but still anytime I encorporate warm colors they look like flesh.
This is what I ended up with. The white must be yellowed, the green is grayed somewhat, and a little darker in the shadows.
I enjoyed this experiment! I love playing with color!
I designed a sky that would complement the field with a group of trees that I plan to paint for this picture. I played with positive and negative space until I was satisfied with the composition.
6×8″ stretched canvas with gallery edges.
I approached this picture by loading the brush as much as I dare and with the least amount of strokes. Although I did go over the background again to get the textures.
I’m going to experiment with more like these.
These clouds were a bit more complexed formation than the clouds I tend to emulate. I needed to add fresh paint to my palette, therefore it wasn’t as thick as the last painting. I need to start opening my palette a couple hours early for the fresh Golden Open Acrylics. Strange isn’t it! Although with the smaller clouds it wasn’t such a bad idea to have thinner paint. 5×7″ canvas board.
I want adapt myself to the use of the palette knife. It’s great fun! There have been other points in my life when I’ve tried it, and I wasn’t satisfied with my work, but these last few times I’ve decided I can make it work! 6×6″ Acrylic on stretched canvas.