Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Swan Against Red

Oil on5x7 archival canvas panel.

For some reason, I really enjoy painting swans. The canvas panel was first primed with black and white gesso which creates a marbled gray. Then, I toned it lightly with acrylic alizarin crimson and a touch of cad red light. This is what I use for most of my work.
Next, the oils were applied rather stroke...reload. This allows for a textured , painterly appearance, which is what I admire when viewing anyone's artwork.
I could have continued painting, filling in the entire canvas with water, sky, or whatever. But my eye liked how the swan sat against the red acrylic background. So I said, "that's it" and signed it.
Hope you enjoy it.
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