I did decide after to change up the sky and the total feel of this piece and I am glad to have done so. I want to play around and away from what I am used to doing. Stretch my creative arm so to speak. This is still acrylic and really just the underpainting.
I thought I was done with this piece. Still the background was bothering me. Too vivid and bright. I didn’t feel the mood I like to portray in my work. I spoke to an artist friend and asked his opinion.
Darken the back, like you do with the others. I had considered this all too briefly a few days before. I took his advice and as soon as I started to work on it I knew it was right and my piece would tie up for me.
So. This is it and it’s at the gallery. Thanks Victoria for my title, “Carcass”
Well I am as close as it will get with this boat piece. I had to darken down the rocks to help the boat punch out. I darkened down the bottom of the hills behind also to give it a bit of depth, as unreal as it is. It’s all about mood, lighting, subject. What is the first impression before the critic gets in the way.
I am working on a piece now that is 32″ by 37 3/4″.
It’s a masonite panel. I gessoed the panel first then sketched the work in pencil. I then laid an acrylic wash of burnt sienna.
You can barely see the pencil lines here.
Now I am working the layers. Building the image. It’s the bare bones of the piece.
Eventually I will switch to oils for their richness.
Laying down shadows.