Sunday, December 11, 2011

Daily Painting Practice- Going green - recycling old paintings.

 I was never really keen on this painting. It felt so blah, to me. So instead of letting it sit around the studio I decided to go green and  recycle it. There is a danger in this approach however ...  hint- always ask if your inventory manager/wife feels the same way before applying any paint. .

I wasn't  sure what I was going to do.And since I now spend  a lot of time in  cubicleville (see my last post), I  thought something that could transport me into the woods might be nice.  You win the prize if you can guess what I am trying topaint at this point.

Here are some thumbnails I did to try and get a feel for the composition.  You probably still can't tell what it is I'm going for can you?. ...That might not be a good sign....   but the truth is, these little sketches really help firm up ideas. I now have a picture in my head and a general feeling  for the  scene. That 's important. I have to want to spend time  in the painting. Would you paint someplace you didn't want to be?

Now I started drawing with charcoal directly on the canvas.

This is a very rough  beginning. I am just scrubbing a lot of paint around, mapping out lights and darks. I like the fact that I am spending more time imagining the place than I am worrying about  details.

It will be interesting to see if any of the original painting underneath remains when I am  finished. The plants in the foreground maybe?