Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sunset at Dana Point - Painting in Progress

For the April 27th, 28th and 29th art show in Southern California. I have two more paintings in the works. Here is one I started a few weeks ago. It is 20 x 27 and is a sunset at Dana Point. My nephew took the photo and as soon as I saw it, I knew it had to be painted. 

This photo reflects the very beginning stages of the painting. The painting is being rendered on acid free board. For the under painting, I mixed acrylic paint to create a gray taupe color and added that mixture to gesso. A thick layer of gesso was laid down with a wide brush.

Then, I wanted a more gritty service so I purchased some specially made stuff for pastels (like the secret sauce on the Big Mac - do you like my art terms!?!?!). The special stuff was applied using the same thick brush and leaving very defined brush strokes to give a unique visible texture to the finished painting.

Next, a piece of vine charcoal was used to create the sketch of the clouds and water. After the sketch, it was time to start laying down color. Here are some of the colors going down.

Check back....it is coming along fabulously. Thanks for taking a peek!

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