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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Skyline - stage 6

Not a wildly productive day today although to be fair I have spent some of my time looking for the right location for the next one.
I painted another darker glaze over the landscape and then painted in some plants in the left foreground. I also darkened the background of the sign ready for the lettering to go on tomorrow and worked a bit on the other side of the road.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Skyline - stage 5

Something bugged me about the sky so I worked on it a bit more today by putting more smaller ones as the original cloud shapes were too heavy and dominating.
After that I prepared the sign for the lettering and worked on the landscape, trying to keep it relatively monochromatic to contrast with the colourful sky.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Skyline - stage 4

Finished off the sky pretty much barring a few tweaks later and then roughed in some more tonal colour into the landscape keeping the colours based around violet. I want the landscape to be relatively monochromatic to counter the fairly colourful sky. Still not sure if I want some tail lights of cars on the road or to keep it deserted.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Skyline - stage 3

First colour pass on the sky. Colours used were: Prussian Blue, Kings Blue Light, Ultramarine Violet,  Pale Violet, Permanent Orange, Yellow Lake Deep, Lead Tin Yellow Lemon, Lemon Yellow, Zinc White and Warm White. 
I then gave the buildings and land another coat of the Burnt Sienna/Winsor Violet mix with a rag.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Skyline - stage 2

Tonal underpainting stage using a mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin applied with a rag and a flat brush. I might change my mind about having some car tail lights on the road and keep it deserted, I'll decide later.
I forgot to mention that this is the second painting of this location, the first one was called "Vaughn" but looking back at it now I don't like it very much! Way too garish colour just for starters. I notice that I used a different motel sign in the foreground.


Friday, 27 March 2020

Skyline - stage 1

Carrying on from the last picture this is another painting in The Big Sky series that won't be having an ominous sky. This one will be an evening sky over an old motel ("Skyline Motel")  quite dark in the dusk light with the taillights of some cars on the road. The location is Vaughn in New Mexico which I think is on Route 66 like the last picture. I usually try to avoid obvious Americana but... couldn't resist dipping my toes in that water for this one.
This is the first stage where I have "drawn" it up with a small bristle brush using a mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin.


Bearing in mind the current climate of fear and paranoia I will lay off the threatening/ominous skies and do something softer and less threatening. I have chosen a petrol/gas station out in the boonies of Arizona and wanted the feel of getting towards the end of a hot afternoon out in the desert. Chambers is a loose collection of buildings just off Route 66 in Arizona, the building at the right sells American Indian artifacts (not sure what tribe). This is another in my series of American landscapes called The Big Sky. At some point when I have enough I am happy with I will approach some US galleries (if there are any left at the end of all this) and see if I can get some interest.
Oil on linen 20" x 16".
There is a short step-by-step progress through this painting including what colours I used in previous posts on this blog.