23 May 2007

Avebury painting, completed

I've completed the Avebury painting. It shows some of the standing stones in the circle. The sky looks magical, with a variety of colors (pale blue, yellow and pink) peeking out through the clouds.

Like all of my oil paintings, this painting looks its best (to me, anyway) from 15 - 20 feet away. It's clearly a neo-Impressionist work.

From 30 feet away, it looks like a photograph.

Up close, it looks like a slightly modern illustration. There's a lot of texture in this work, especially in the clouds.

This unframed painting SOLD for $40. It's on 8" x 16" canvas board. The medium is oil paint.

I will ship it when it's dry, which could be two or three weeks, probably when I return from England around June 15th.

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11 May 2007

Avebury, day 2

I'm quickly becoming a believer in the value of underpainting, at least for my neo-Impressionist style. I'm also beginning to wonder why I stopped painting for so long.

After yesterday's successful painting, I started to wonder, "Was that a fluke? One of those weird times when the 'first try' is wonderful, and successive efforts don't measure up? Was that painting successful primarily because I've painted that particular scene so many times?"

Well, today's first layer of oil paint on the Avebury standing stones painting... it speaks for itself. It's also nearly completed. It's not a photographic-type painting; it looks best from about a dozen feet away. That said, it looks tremendous a dozen feet away.

I'm especially pleased with the magical effect of the colors in the sky, showing through from the underpainting. I wanted to convey the beauty, simplicity and sense of enchantment at Avebury. I think that I'm succeeding.

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10 May 2007

Two sketches and a painting

First, I finished the Kennebunkport (Maine) painting. It's lovely. I'm inspired to work on more landscape paintings from my photos. For me, underpainting appears to be key, but I'll have to see if additional paintings come out as well as this one did.

This oil painting is 8" x 16" on canvasboard. It sold immediately. (Click on the image to see the painting a little larger.)

After that, I sketched two more canvasboards. Both are 8" x 16" as well. I really like this size!

The first one is based on one of my photos of Avebury (England). The standing stones there are among my favorites, and it's one of Europe's largest stone circles.

I think that I'm going to have fun with color in this painting. The light and shadow lend themselves nicely to an oil painting. Standing stones are about as much man-made stuff as I like in my paintings right now.

The other painting will be from my favorite photo of Glastonbury Tor (also in England). I've worked with this photo so much, I need to get a new print made from my negative. There's a small yellow splotch of paint near the top of the Tor photo, and HT thought it was a miniature golf flag or something. *LOL* (He's never been to England.)

I'll probably do a couple of paintings from this photo. I'm not sure whether to emphasize the sky or the glorious landscape leading up to the top of the Tor. In this one, it'll be the landscape.

I wish that I could get to Glastonbury on my upcoming trip to England. I'd love to take more photos of the Tor, for a triptych-style series of paintings. Ah well, my next trip will include time in Glastonbury.

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