"Flume and Falls" - oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 30" x 40" Ready to hang. Available here and at Artfinder
It was FIRSTS week here in the studio! The FIRST super large oil painting and the FIRST process video by my amazing intern, Fiona (who single-handedly slayed the tech aspect of this internship in one afternoon. Woot!) Thanks to many reader requests for more "in process" peeks, we're going to keep working on videography over here in upcoming weeks.
This piece began as an acrylic underpainting in bold colors. Acrylic paints don't require as much manipulating and massaging as the oils, so the underpainting allows me to get the basic composition and colors down without a ton of upper body work (which my still healing spine very much dislikes). After that, several layers of thinned oil paint to soften, provide haze and deepen the color layers and texture. The final touch, as depicted in the video, is to come back into the painting with oil pastels to amp up the color and contrast, then blend with a brush loaded with Liquin and soften with rags and a squeegee.