Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Fiddlers Ridge Marsh

This Acrylic is painted on a 16 x 20 wood panel. I used one of my favorite processes on this one.I start with a very wet , thin paint that is like a watercolor technique and work my way toward thicker paint. That's nothing new.  It's pretty much how oil paintings are built up but it's so much fun. You can go here to see the finished painting on my site 
Actually, after having the painting in the house for a while I think it needs to be lightened up across the tops of the grass "islands" so it's back on the easel

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Hunting Island Marsh

It started early in the morning when there was a thick fog that quickly burned off.  It was a morning at the crabbing dock which always means lots of time to do a sketch or 2.  This is a photo progression of an acrylic on 16 x 20 wood panel done mostly with the palette knife in the studio from a small 5 x 7 watercolor done on location.  I used an exaggerated warm color theme also based on the theme used in the original sketch. This studio painting was not meant to be a realistic representation of the scene or a copy of the location sketch but an expression of the composition and colors used.  A representational painting of this scene would have been mostly green and grey. The last 4 pictures show small changes.  That's because in each case I thought I was taking the final shot only to realize it still needed more work.  It might still need more work but it is framed and hanging in a show.  In fact since this post I have adjusted tis painting 3 more times.  The finished painting is on my site here