Right now I'm painting grasses, brush, autumn trees and waterways. I have an enormous collection of reference photos from which I get ideas to paint. (I carry my camera with me wherever I go, just in case something inspires me).
Most of my recent Acrylic paintings are on 18 x 24" canvas. That seems to be the right fit for the landscapes.
The painting goes something like this:
I select a photo or two, make compositional adjustments on my computer, do a little black and white thumbnail sketch in my sketch book to establish values (light and dark), followed by a rough (very rough) sketch on the canvas with chalk.
But first the canvas is primed with 2 coats of a mixture of exterior latex, Acrylic paint and Gesso. When this is dry, I paint the canvas with an "under paint" in a mid value. This enables me to go darker or lighter, painting the darks first followed by the lights.
So, here I am, enthusiastically painting away, listening to mostly Mozart until I get to more than three quarters of the way through, and then, BOOM, I get stuck!
This is when I place the painting upside down for a few days on the "viewing easel" until I see what to do to complete it.
The next crucial moment is when to quit as it's so easy to keep going back to fix things.Comment on or Share this Article →