Monday, April 13, 2009
The Grove, Restart
After I tore the corner of the canvas yesterday, I was much more careful with this second piece. It took longer to stretch it, but it got done without further incident. I hauled it into my studio (barely fit!) and set it up on my easel.
My easel is a Sanyi Professional Four, which is huge and looks like a torture rack. It's made for big canvases like this, so it was no problem securing the seven foot wide support. Actually, I bought the easel t last fall specifically for this project. I was previously using a half box French easel, which would have been comically inadequate. I had ten or eleven good sized oak studio easels when I was running shop downtown but I gave those away when I left the studio. I might have kept a few for myself, but then I wouldn't be able to rationalize purchasing my current monster easel, so all's good.
First, I gridded the canvas and roughed in the drawing using a brush.
Then I switched to a big 2-inch house painting brush, and started washing in the darker areas.
Continuing with the washes, keepin' it loose and abstract.
Then I proceeded to block in the big tree trunk, using a no. 10 filbert. (I don't have anything larger)
At this point, the colors are approximate and while they're now opaque, they're still quite thin. I want to nail down the value relationships more or less, and get a sense of the hue direction; violets for the cast shadows on the ground.
I then started in with blues and greens for the foliage. Not defining forms or even shapes, but only general color direction, and a sense of texture to come.
That's it for today. I'm already seeing the structure of the painting emerge. When the sense of light and shadow is apparent this early in the game, it's a great feeling. It usually means I'm on the right path and I'm going to enjoy the rest of the painting.
Oh, please pardon my not responding to individual comments lately. I appreciate all your comments. I'm just trying to get my taxes done in time and it's not leaving me much time to dilly dally. I'll get back into the groove of things after tax day~
Posted by Terry Miura at 3:54 PM