I've got a few larger paintings in mind for Morris & Whiteside Gallery, for their upcoming summer season - this is a small study. I was feeling out the darker-grey ocean in the distance. It's an unusual color than I'm not prone to paint - the darker waters were a result of a storm that passed the night before.
From the shores on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina - a man and his buddies.
A new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED, and slightly larger than the usual 4" square - this particular face persuaded me to try something different. I painted a brown/black (oil) over the white ground and proceeded to bring out the highlights by removing the dark with my brush dipped in Gamsol. It took a while to get used to how to use the brush, wet, dry, scrubbed, washed, etc. Tricky.
Near the completion, I added a slight warm-grey into areas as well. I love it.
Oh happy day when painting comes easy. The one before this, I spent about 4 hours on, didn't quite finish, went to bed, came back to it the next morning, spent another 2ish hours on it then wiped it off in total frustration. I was so sure it was a winner and poof, it was gone. Every day is a learning process.
I thought I'd keep working on the bright red ground today and chose an image that had lots of warm reds/golds. It's experimental really. I want it loose and I want to use the red ground in spots and edges. You see it peeking through in many places - the trick is when to let it peek through and just compliment the colors.
A visitor standing before two of N. C. Wyeth's paintings - 'Painting of Native American' on the left and 'On The October Trail, A Navajo Family' on the right. N. C. Wyeth is in the top 5 artists for me personally, along with Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, so visiting the Brandywine Museum of Art is always a thrill for me.
"You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is... unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far." ~ Alice Neel
"If I had the energy, I would have done it all over the country" - Edward Hopper
"It's what you carry to an object that counts." - Andrew Wyeth
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