Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Train Tracks

8" x 10" oil on panel

This is my second Luxembourg painting. It's hard to find a single spot in that country that isn't fairy-tale gorgeous; the best I could do is train tracks. Which were still lovely.

I'm using the technique I learned in Dan Nelson's Art of the Carolinas workshop—starting with a transparent acrylic underpainting, and then building up with transparent oils. Just a little opaque paint at the end.

Obviously there's still a lot to learn, but I'm happy with the method. It absolutely forces the artist to be loose and spontaneous.

Step One - light areas.
Greens and blues
dark areas
opaque white and some lines. Still using acrylic. This is my favorite stage of the painting. Next time I may just stop here :)
Sky. For some reason this shot looks much warmer than the preceding one; but the only thing I worked on was the blue/white in the sky.
adding local color
Details and it's done.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Casements du Bock

10" x 8" oil on panel

November's Virtual Paintout location is Luxembourg. This view shows the Casements du Bock, the fortress Count Siegfried built in 963.

This painting is not for sale, but you can view and purchase others here.

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