Mountains fog and sky

Today I am going to put the finishing touches on the sky (for the moment)and finish the mountains.

The first thing I do is hobble down the stairs, out the door and over to the studio. Over to the Ipod player ~ oh and there is KD (the cat) scratching at the studio door ~ she thinks she is the studio cat. Personally I think she likes the peace and quiet away from his nibs, Dorian(our other cat).  He chases her relentlessly around the house. not that she is any angel …

I digress ~ over to the easel to assess what needs to be done. I see some touch ups that should be taken care of before I proceed with the mountains. I will be mixing up new paint today. My pallets are running low. I do my few touch ups first ~ this means the touch ups are done with the original mix. I have two pallets on the go ~ one with the naples yellow mixes and one with the grey mixes. When I am not using one or the other I keep them in the freezer to keep the paint soft until I need it again.

 

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After the mixing is done and I am happy with the colour matches I start laying on the grey paint (which is actually a mix of Lamp Black, Ultra marine Blue, Diozanine Purple, Sky Blue and Titanium White). These are in various amounts. I usually do a small experimental pile until I am satisfied with what I have. Then I do larger amounts so that I keep the colours consistant. This is really important with these larger paintings.

I don’t  blend the paint to start. I lay the colours either beside each other  or on top of each other as shown here.

 

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and then after they are side by each I start to blend the lighter “fog” colours into the darker colour.

After this is done I am going to paint the sides so that I can get a real feel for how it will look hanging. This is a picture of how it looks so far……..er grey. I repeat this in three steps ~ basically one canvas at a time. after you are satisfied with the blending move on to the next step which is laying in the foreground mountains. This is a mix of the colours mentioned above minus white.

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If you have any questions about the process so far please do not hesitate to ask…….happy painting until next week when we will tackle the water

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