Poor lighting aside (damn rain!), I'm having a great day with my current "in progress" work, Hurricane, Utah.
All that delicious sloppy paint that I swished around on the canvas yesterday lost much of it's saturation when dry. Rather disappointed that the colors faded with the water (considering those babies are $20 for a small tube). Uh. Paints are priced by pigment, and unfortunately, my favorite hues are those of the blue/green variety. And don't get me started on the reds...
So, after my minor setback this morning when I checked the drying paint, I decided to move forward with more deliberate brushwork. I'll add some mood at the end by mixing a tinted glaze to go over the sky that will be left to swirl around a bit, offering a little modern nod to what has become a more traditional/representational landscape.
Here's where I stopped today...
I also decided to whittle down the palette a bit. As much as a light violet sky appeals to me, it doesn't offer as much a contrast as the "lagoon" teal blue that has been layered overtop of it. There was just too much going on and I needed to make a change or two. Now I'm wishing that I hadn't spent so many hours on that sky yesterday....live and learn, I suppose.
I've got about eight layers of paint on this piece so that texture is part of the composition. I like it when a little schmear of paint here and there jumps off the canvas. It also really looks great after it's varnished.
Happy Friday and thank you for spending a little part of your day with me.