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!