Thursday, September 22, 2011


Here is the under-drawing for my new painting. It is on a 36 x 24 inch canvas, the largest canvas I've ever done.

The image is a bit small on this blog, to see what is going on. Click on the image to embiggen.

Monday, September 5, 2011

"An American Lost in Genoa"

Here is my new painting, a scene from our recent trip to Italy. In this one, we were lost in the narrow streets on Genoa.

This is in oil, on an 18 by 24 inch canvas.

Here are the notes I took while painting this painting.

For the first session, the under-painting, I used transparent oxide brown, a warm brown, for the shadows and van dyke brown, a cool brown, for the light areas. I also went in with some terra rosa.

For session three, I added some cool colors to my light areas. I'm realizing, however, that my warm shadows are too warm, and it is kind of throwing the painting off a bit. I don't want to mess up my detail to fix it. Perhaps, I can go in with a glaze and cool things off a bit, and it is just a little bit. That is my plan for session four. I always agonize over little details like this.

Session 4 was a long session, about 5 or six hours, twice as long as I usually spend. The painting is almost done.

If you want to check out the progress over time, check out the links below:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5