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Thursday, 4 March 2021

The Vampire of San Antonio - stage 3


 The second colour pass and we're getting to what it should finally look like. I have tried to get it ready to finish tomorrow although I have a decision to make about the small shrine on the wall just behind the vampire (who will less prominent when the picture is finished) as I am thinking about painting it out to draw less attention to the vampire. The trouble is the title of the painting hangs on the shrine as it is dedicated to San Antonio.

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

The Vampire of San Antonio - stages 1 & 2

Stage 1

 This one is a combination of two themes, the Magic Light series and the Vampires of Venice series as well. Again it will be a dominant light source as in the Magic Light series but this time it is there to distract from the Vampire at bottom left - he will be more hidden in the final painting. Instead of using the monochrome look of earlier Vampire pictures I will be painting this in subdued tones of an analgous colour combination based around red but will incorporate the colours next to it as well, so red to violet one way and red to orange/yellow on the other. 

Seeing as it is the right size I may well consider this for my upcoming slot on Every Day Original near the end of this month.

The first stage is the tonal underpainting that used a mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin and mostly applied with a small bristle and a 1/2" Acrylix Flat brushes.

The second stage is a rough first colour pass which used mixes of the following colours: Winsor Violet, Ultramarine Violet, Permanent Sap Green, Alizarin Crimson, Brilliant Pink, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Orange, Naples Yellow, Lemon Yellow and Zinc White.

Oil on mdf 12" x 12".

Stage 2


Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Mesa Light


 The fifth in the Magic Light series this is another with a mysterious light source within a landscape, this time The Arches National Park in Utah. Based on a blue/orange complementary with the colours kept subdued apart from the sky which I guess is a nod to Maxfield Parrish who himself did a series of paintings of the American South West whilst recuperating from an illness.  I like this Magic Light theme and I can see that there is quite a lot of scope within this simple idea of an exaggerated or unusual light source in different settings.


Oil on mdf 12" x 12".

There is a progress through this painting including what colours I used in previous posts on this blog.

Friday, 26 February 2021

Mesa Light - stage 3


 First colour pass which I actually applied quite roughly so as to get in quickly something of how I intend it to look. Basing it on a red/orange - green/blue complementary.

Colours used were: Phthalocyanine Green, Emerald Green, Prussian Blue, Permanent Sap Green, Ultramarine Violet, Winsor Violet, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Orange, Lemon Yellow and Zinc White.

Budleigh


 I was about to start a Desert South West painting in my Magic Light series (what became the current Mesa Light) when I got distracted and ended up doing this one of Budleigh Salterton in Devon. It is quite a distinctive landscape and this tidal pool was a tempting way of playing with a light in the sky which could be moonlight but...

I like this Magic Light series as it's a subtle moving on in what I've been doing for years in terms of playing with light sources and makes use of my tendency to incorporate a Fantasy element into most of what I do but hopefully in this series it is held back to just a suggestion so won't put off the more "Fine Art"element of the market. I have noticed a number of painters in the USA that tap into this so hopefully the groundwork is already done for US collectors to buy this kind of landscape art. As for the UK I have no idea...

Oil on mdf 12" x 12".

There is a progress through this painting including what colours I used in previous posts on this blog.

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Mesa Light - stage 2


 The tonal underpainting is finished and ready for the colour to go on tomorrow. Same colours as yesterday. You can now see where the light is going to be.

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Mesa Light - stage 1


 This was the painting I was going to do after "The Hillsboro Light" but somehow I got distracted and painted "Budleigh" instead. Set in the Arches National Park in Utah this will continue the theme of a mysterious light within a landscape and is therefore the fifth in the Magic Light series. This is just the "drawing" up stage wherein I have used a small bristle brush to "draw" in the basic shapes of the landscape using a mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin.

Oil on mdf 12" x 12".