Sunday, April 01, 2007

Cow-Animal Art-In Progress

Oil on 7x5 archival canvas panel. Thought I'd post this painting in an early stage in order to explain some of my procedure. First the panel was covered with med. dark and black gesso then toned with thinned alizarin crimson acrylic. Then, using oil paint straight from the tube, the darks were established on the cow.
Then comes the challenging and fun part. I attempt to mix each light spot of color to match the warmth or coolness plus the value which I observe in the reference...each stroke may vary from previous strokes. Once I match the color I'm after, I apply it with a single stroke...trying not to mess with it any further. Then go onto the next color match and stroke.
This process maintains a freshness and immediacy. Each small section of the painting will have the appeal of an abstract causing the eye to linger and find many small surprises.
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    1. wonderful cow. Like how you explain the process.

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