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.

1 comment:

  1. pretty amasing your technique! thanks for share with us!


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