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Sunday, 12 July 2020

Pump - stage 2

This is after the second colour pass for the sky, a couple of hours tomorrow should finish it.
Colours used were: Ultramarine Violet, Manganese Violet, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalocyanine Turquoise, Pale Violet, Permanent Orange, Brilliant Pink, Warm Light Yellow and Zinc White.

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Pump - stage 1

Continuing with the theme of signs of human intervention in vast landscapes I decided to revisit a subject I painted earlier ("Rig") and have another oil pump in a vast flat Texan landscape. I didn't really feel that I had done the subject justice last time so this time it is the pump set against a flat horizon and a stormy threatening sky to try and get across the loneliness of the location. This is of course another painting in my The Big Sky  series.
This is the tonal underpainting stage which was "drawn" up with a small bristle brush using a mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin and then the tonal underpainting was dome with a rag using the same paint mix.
Oil on linen 30: x 20".

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Mail Box

I like this theme of signs of human intervention within vast often hostile natural landscapes, the South Western States being particularly suited to this theme. This is out in the boondocks of New Mexico with a rusting mail box by the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, a small path leads off at the left to an unseen shack, a bit of the road surface can be seen in the far right corner. These pictures are kind of bittersweet in that it shows the struggle against Nature of people to live in such inhospitable environments made more so by the approaching storm... on the other hand it is kind of a celebration of people being able to do this in the first place.
Originally I had a couple of telegraph poles in the middle of the landscape breaking the horizon but I decided that they distracted you away from the main focus of the picture, the lonely mail box so I painted them out, being able to get away with it compositionally as it is approximately a third of the way in still breaking the horizon.
One more in my The Big Sky series. Oil on linen 30" x 20".
There is a step-by-step progress through this painting including the colours I used in previous posts on this blog.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Mail Box - stage 5

I decided to paint out the two telegraph poles over my breakfast coffee this morning and then made a start on the landscape. I am being a bit cautious at first as I need to work out what colours to use on the landscape and have just roughed in some colours to see how they look. Colours used were: Permanent Sap Green, Bright Green Lake, Naples Yellow, Yellow Lake Deep, Permanent Orange, Magenta Violet, Ultramarine Violet, Brilliant Pink and Warm Light Yellow.
I am trying to get a nice variation of colours in the landscape as it is much more prominent now that I have deleted the telegraph poles and needs to look interesting.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Mail Box - stage 4

The sky is pretty much finished bar some tweaking later on and then I roughed in some more tone on the landscape. I am now debating whether to leave out the telegraph poles that are indeed halfway painted out already. Just having the mail box there by itself emphasises even more the loneliness of it's location, fortunately compositionally it breaks the horizon line too so I could get away with it.
As usual I will decide over tomorrow morning's breakfast coffee...

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Mail Box - stage 3

Second colour pass on the sky, just need a couple of hours tomorrow to finish it and then I will move on to the landscape. 

Monday, 29 June 2020

Mail Box - stage 2

A funny day yesterday, I just couldn't envisage in my mind what I was going to do with this picture and felt kind of catatonic so thank God I left it alone and resolved to start it today instead. Always a good idea to leave a painting alone if you don't know what you are doing!
 As usual over my breakfast coffee this morning I began to reconnect with what I wanted to do with "Mail Box" in terms of colour and lighting so I was able to get on with the first colour pass on the sky... except that once I had bashed in some colour I liked the orange against the blue and went with that instead! I was originally going to stick to the colours I used in my last painting....
Plenty of work left on the sky to get it right. The colours I used were: Phthalocyanine Turquoise, Ultramarine Blue, Ultramarine Violet, Permanent Orange, Prussian Blue, Warm Light Yellow and Zinc White - all Michael Harding paints.