Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Memory Makers

Close ups.

Oil on 7x5 hardboard.
I first toned the board with a laid back red. Some of it peeks through the finished painting. I feel this harmonizes the painting.

I started this painting last night-had to stop-finished it today. I feel that this pause lets the image soak into my head. When I finished it up today it flowed with added improvements. Alla prima is wonderful, but sometimes the pause does wonders.

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12 comments:

  1. the actual color is "laid back red". Sorry for sounding so ignorant. love the results so I want to make sure.

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  2. Hi, Sheila! The laid back red is not an actual color name.( However, that would be a great name!) I created it by mixing black and white gesso which turned out a marbled gray. I then colored that with thinned acrylic alizarin crimson with a touch of cad. red lt. It equals a mid value grayed red.
    Sorry for the confusion. :)

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  4. I love the red peaking through. It warms up your painting. I know what you mean about sometimes waiting overnight. It helps to step back, think and look.

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  5. Even with the pause, you are much quicker than I! It takes me much longer than 2 days to finish a painting. Yours is wonderful!!

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  6. Hi Deano, thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comments. I am now very tempted to copy your method of altering colours with grey! How clever. I love the immediacy of this plein aire work and greatly admire the economy of brushwork used in the figures.

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  7. This just totally draws me in, Dean. I find I want to be walking in the sand with the girls...toes into the surf...

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  8. Hi, Pam...Thanks. I only recently have been pausing overnight before finishing my painting. I may not use it all the time, but I like that approach. :)

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  9. Deb...You include a lot more detail than I do. Your paintings are great.
    I used to take 2 weeks to a month in my more detailed acrylics.

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  10. Thank you, Marie, for your very kind words. I enjoy attempting to imply a figure in a few strokes of the brush. Thanks for mentioning it!

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  11. Beautiful painting, Dean. I really like the red poking through. Looks like a place I'd love to be right now.

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