Friday, May 13, 2011

Love me a country road ...

Sunday Drive  © 2011 by Karen Mathison Schmidt
12 x 12 • oil on 3/4" cradled Gessobord

SOLD • private collection • Greenland, New Hampshire

Driving home from town, we sometimes take this smaller road that parallels the highway. It takes us under a canopy of trees which almost meet overhead in places, with that fantastical dappled sunlight I love ... it may take a few minutes longer for the detour, but it’s totally worth it.

I did manage to take some work-in-progress photos today before I got sucked into “the zone.”

I started by painting the entire Gessobord with a neutral light green acrylic ... almost beige, then I sketched the composition in purple acrylic:

I finished up the acrylic underpainting with red, orange and purple:

After a few minutes to let the acrylic underpainting dry completely (just about the time it takes me to change my palette from acrylic paints to oils) I started adding the oil colors:

OK, here’s where I entered “The Zone,” so there are a few steps missing in here, and then ...

the painting, she is finished!


Elizabeth McCrindle said...

You've been on fire this week with your work....each one a jewel of colour. Keep them coming :)

Sandy Farley, Fine Artist said...

Stunning! I love your work, Karen -- always so vital and exciting!

Karen M Schmidt said...

Elizabeth ... "on fire" ... I LOVE that! thank you! I've been really working at trying to have at least 4-5 new paintings posted each week; going from painting to painting is helping me to be even more inspired than usual. (And I was already pretty inspired!)

Sandy, big thank you for your encouraging word ... "vital and exciting" ... you just made my day!

nda said...

Hello Karen, I only found your blog this week. What can I, love, love your art! It is so full of life and energy. I am so excited to be able to follow your work now. What an inspiration and answer to prayer this is! Keep painting!

Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing this Karen
it is wonderful to see the process of such a beautiful painting!