I have a bunch of stuff in the works right now but nothing completely finished to show today. So I thought I’d show you all this new painting I started and a little about the process that I’ve started using more and more.
The first time I tried scraping paint back I was afraid I’d lose everything and make a smeared mess on the canvas. But with oils when they are wet, that doesn’t happen, or at least it hasn’t happened yet. I’ve found that I can scrape back my thickish paint (I’ve always used a lot of paint, I like the look of it) and leave behind nice smooth flat color that has lovely blended edges. I’m careful to clean my palate knife between each scrape. After scraping off the color I can go back in and build up the painting again. I focus on areas and build them up using the first hit as a guide. At first you might feel like you are losing everything, but second time around always comes back better with more depth and nice edges.
Today I started this beach scene. It’s the same beach as the one I just finished with the 4 kids. With this one I used a more horizontal 10X20 canvas and left out the kids and raised the horizon line so there is less sky. I blocked in the initial colors and then scraped back the paint. Next I’ll build it back up again.
I’m selling this beach scene when it’s done, let me know if you know someone that wants it!
I did this one as a study for a bigger one I’d like to do. Maybe 24X60″ but I’m thinking I need to paint my beach in Northern California, rather than this beach in Oregon that I’ve never been to.
I also worked on Katie Peak today and hung it on the wall with my friends (my kids and my little baby niece). This little landscape is getting there. It’s much like the last little hill painting I did for the auction, but 8X10 instead of 8X8 square. It’s for my friend that was outbid at the auction. Win-win. I think this painting needs one more go at it. It was hard to do the same thing twice. Have you ever tried to reproduce one of your own paintings?
Have a great day!! XOXO
I love this little face.