Saturday, November 7, 2009

Falling Back

October Evening © 2009 Karen Mathison Schmidt
30 x 24 x 2 • acrylic on 2" cradled Gessobord

sides painted dark brown
gloss varnish for protection
& easy cleaning

$520PURCHASE this Louisiana landscape painting

I love this view of the north pasture, where a smallish pond has overflowed its banks because of the heavy rains we had all through October.

The daylight hours are getting a litter shorter every day now, and since I don’t like to paint by artificial light that leaves less time to paint. Added to the fact that this is a larger than usual painting, it took a little longer to finish, but oh, so fun to do! Lots of layered color glazes, and different textures. I used quick little brushstrokes and a lot of transparent glazing medium mixed with each of the colors (vermilion, cadmium yellow light, brilliant blue, fuschia, white -- layered on separately) to try to capture the radiance of the sky; and a painting knife for the heavy texture of the foreground grasses.

Here are some brushwork details, followed by the work-in-progress photos:


In yesterday’s post you can see more detail on how I developed the foreground:

... and here again is the final painting:


Lana Gramlich said...

Some of the shots of the details are wonderful pieces, in of themselves. Keep up the good work!

Karen Mathison Schmidt said...

Thank you, Lana!