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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

On the Easel : Work in Progress

I have today added a new Page in my Headers (just under the Header photo)...

thought it would be nice to show my Work in Progress and gradually add to it with various other paintings as I work on them.   At the moment I have this Beach scene on my easel





Step 1

I covered the whole Canvas with a mixture of Yellow Ochre Acrylic and White Gesso - plus a VERY small dash of Cadmium Red to warm it slightly.

I left this to dry completely


Step 2

Starting with the sky and using Atelier Interactive Acrylics from now on I used a mix of

Pthalo Blue  and Titanium White - making sure the blue was not too strong.  Pthalo blue can get a bit carried away if you are not careful.

I continued this colour down into the sea area (although this will ultimately be covered with another colour at least it gives me a guide as to where everything is going)

note - I have also established the horizon line, which is just a bit lower than middle of the canvas.

Step 3

The next job was to put in some clouds.

Using a mix of Ultramarine Blue and Cad. Red mixed with a little Titanium White and varied the values here and there.

As I worked my way down I put on a paler mix to indicate distance.


And that is it so far....I have a basis from which to work now.    Step 4 will be working on the sea.

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22 comments:

  1. Great to see the steps of the painting! Good idea to make a special page for WIP's! I also love your sketchbook page!

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    1. Thanks Judy, I didn't know how it would work and hopefully it will prove to be of interest - your feedback is a very positive start, cheers:)

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  2. I love watching the progress of your work. This one is going to be another beauty.

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  3. Wonderful seeing your creations come alive ~ thanks ~ namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thanks Carol - I'll even be posting what I feel is wrong too, that way I'll be showing how to correct/alter/rescue my piece. At the moment all seems to be on course....but you never know in this game..lol.

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  4. Looking good so far! Beautiful sky.
    Happy Painting.

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    1. Thanks Nora - I'm pleased with the sky although I'll have to consider changes to it if necessary, depends if it plays nicely with the sea!

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  5. There is already a great depth here. Thank you for showing your procedure, it is all learning material :-))

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    1. Thanks Jane - glad you say about the depth, that's what I hoped for - now I've only got to tackle the rest!

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  6. I am so going to enjoy watching this develop. The more I paint the less I know and it is great to watch someone who is working confidently and well.

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    1. Thanks Judith - glad you like it so far...at one point today I thought I was using very unrealistic colours, but this evening looking at it again it has more impact....time will tell. lol.

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  7. An ti ci pa tion........(think Carly Simon. LOL)

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  8. Love watching the steps!
    Looking good so far :) xx

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    1. Thanks Pat ... the sea is proving to be fun at the moment...I'll post about it soon:)

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  9. That's a great sky already. I love a good WIP so really looking forward to the next post. :)

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    1. Thank you John, Step 4 is coming soon:)

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  10. Ohhhh...now that I've seen the before picture...I'm even more impressed.

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  11. Everytime I go to the art store I look at acrylics. My history with them hasn't been good-they slip and slide all over the place. But I love the way they dry quickly and think I'm just getting the wrong brand. I've never tried the Atelier Interactive or Golden Open-maybe I should start there. Love seeing the works in progress.

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    1. Hi Chris, I think it is just a case of using the acrylics to get used to them. I would say that the Atelier Interactives work rather like oils as the reactivate...the actual original acrylics on the other hand do at least stay dry once dried! Swings and roundabouts really and it depends on how you want to work them...I still experiment so am constantly surprised with the effects I can achieve with little effort!

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