Saturday, December 5, 2009

Forest and Swamp - first stage


Perhaps you can detect the forms of trees and bushes in this underpainting? And on the right hand side you might be able to discern distant fields between the trees.

I shall leave this to dry for a week, then return to it. The slowness of oils is fustrating and immensely satisfying at the same time, forcing you, as it does, to appreciate more and more- what a contrast to the glib speed of photography! On Monday, weather depending, i shall tackle on of the other two newly begun pictures, illustrated earlier this week.

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Oil primed canves allows the paint to sink and become absorbed- had I used an acryllic primed canvas, the paint would not settle into the canvas, and each layer would more or less eradicate the one previous, so that the resulting picture would lack depth and richness.

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