I had gone off to Florida in April to participate in Bradenton's Paint the Town 2013. Every day except perhaps one or two of my two-week stay there was a painter-friendly day. It is understandable why there are so many good outdoor painters there; they can get plenty of practice -- and practice is the key to honing our skills!
|The Rites of Spring, Oil on Linen, 6x20|
At the same pond, I took an old painting, an 8x10 done on linen to paint over. These "used panels" are great for experimentation or trying different beginnings to an old theme. I recalled a lesson from Charles Gruppe in which he would layer a canvas in ultramarine blue, raw umber and white-- so that the mixture , heavy with white, was really an off-white with tone. Using the same mixture, but with little if any white, I outlined the basic forms with a small filbert (no.4). Next, I attacked each outlined area with pure palette-knife work, resulting in a heavy impasto. Here is the canvas as I brought it from the pond:
|By the Pond, Oil on Linen, 8x10|
|Wickford Waterway, Oil on Canvas, 8x10||.|
|By the Trestle|