Wednesday, December 26, 2012

"La Rambla"

Here is my new painting, a scene from a street in Barcelona. It is in oil and on a 24 x 18 inch canvas.

Here are the notes I've taken while painting it:

My goal for this painting is to be very loose and free. It is not about detail, it is about indications. For session one, I laid in the under-painting. I debated whether or not even to do an under-painting, but I did after all. The whole thing was laid in in one session. People and figures are only indicated. The pigment used here is van dyke brown, which is between a cool brown and a warm gray.

For session two, I moved in with some color. For the shadows, I used a mixture of cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, van dyke brown, and titanium white. For the lights I used a mix of titanium white and naples yellow. The trees I did at the end and I'm not real satisfied with them.

For session three, I added some color to the background figures. Most of my time, however, was spent on the buildings in the background. I used a palette knife to add chunky paint. I'm not totally satisfied with it, but it will have to do. The painting is almost done.

Here are links to images showing progress over time:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Here is the under-drawing for my new painting, a scene from Barcelona. It is on a 24 x 18 inch canvas.