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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Navajo

Another one where I'm working up the underpainting to finish instead of painting opaque colour over it. This is the first one where I have used no opaque colour at all, the whole painting being layers of glazes of transparent colour, my usual mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin and applied with a rag and brush. Although my original intention for these monochromes was soft but textured with thicker brushwork I discovered that the best way to get the most out of this colour was to paint in thin glazes which has resulted in something much more photographic. I like the quality of light which I presume comes from the white of the canvas showing through the transparent layers giving it a slight glow so I will do a few more of these to see where they can go before getting back to my original intention of thicker paint etc!
Because you have to wait for each layer to dry before applying the next and consequently each painting taking longer to finish than normal I have decided to paint two at the same time so I can use my time more efficiently.
Monument Valley lies within the Navajo Nation Reservation, "Navajo" is another Roadside Apocalypse painting... sort of, I might expand this series into more of a Roadside America kind of thing but hoping to avoid going too Americana.
20" x 16" Oil on linen.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Navajo - stage 3

I can't see much point in showing the first couple of stages so we'll start here! There are a few things that I still haven't sorted out in the other two urban monochromes so I thought that I would try this look with a few landscapes to be going on with. I have ended up doing quite a "picturesque" painting which I've gone along with even though I wanted something less specific as this one is just trying out the look, which is dark, soft and moody. As with the other two the whole thing is painted in glazes of a mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin.
The location is Monument Valley in Arizona/Utah.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Clovis

I didn't have time to post updates for this painting here as I was writing a last minute article for Artists & Illustrators magazine so here are a few stages plus the finished painting above.
This was another picture where I was taking the normal underpainting to finish without going to colour as I normally do. I think they have a nice quality but maybe look too photographic and haven't quite worked out how I need to apply the thicker paint that will still harmonise with the thinner more transparent underpainting layers which are essentially glazes. I will do a few more until I get it right.
"Clovis" (a town in New Mexico) was painted with glazes of my usual mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin and then the more opaque paint was mixes of Lead Tin Yellow Lemon, Warm White and Genuine Chinese Vermillion. 
This is another in my Roadside Apocalypse series of paintings. Oil on linen 20" x 16".

Stage 1


Stage 2

Stage 3

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Mustang Cafe

My first painting since returning from IX in the USA. I have decided to put some time into work aimed at the US gallery market so this is another in my Roadside Apocalypse series. I have often liked the tonal underpainting stage of what I do and instead of painting over it in colour and obscuring it I have decided to work this look up in the same monochrome. The majority of the painting is made up of a transparent mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet (Dioxazine) initially applied with a small brush and rag. After some trial and error the opaque colour is a mix of the above along with Lead Tin Yellow Lemon and Genuine Chinese Vermillion. I was surprised by this as what looks like a monochrome painting actually has quite a lot of saturated colour in it and earlier paint mixes of adding Zinc White to the transparent purple/brown mix and then trying Burnt Sienna and White all looked awful and were scrubbed out forthwith.
Oil on linen 20" x 16".
There is a very short step-by-step progress through this painting in previous posts on this blog.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Mustang Cafe - stages 1, 2 and 3

Stage 1
Getting back into painting after a few weeks away going to IX in America and and having a bit of a think about things when I got back.
I'm going to put some time into work aimed at the the US gallery market i.e. my Roadside Apocalypse series. I have often liked the tonal underpainting stage of what I do and have decided to work this look up instead of painting colour over it as usual. I will either keep it completely monochrome as it is so far or introduce a tiny amount of colour when it comes to the thicker paint on the buildings. The main thing is to keep it moody! The location is a small town in Texas.
Everything so far is a mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin and applied with a small flat brush and a rag.
Stage 2

Stage 3

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Mehtap sold

Very soon after I got back from IX I sold "Mehtap" via Facebook to a buyer in Colorado. He was incidentally very happy with how I had packed and shipped it! Luckily I had brought it back in my luggage as it was relatively small and was able to send it off before the rest of my boxes came back from the USA.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Piccadilly Circus 6.00 pm sold

Just before going to IX this month I heard from the Abend Gallery in Denver CO that "Piccadilly Circus 6.00 pm" had sold. This was painted a number of years ago in my looser style that I employ for plein air paintings although this one was painted in the studio. 
Oil on board 12" x 12".