How wonderful are these colors? The compilation of hues are the under painting, or the first stage of my painting process. The first stage defines the light source. Everything in shadow is cool; everything in light is warm. The painting appears over bright and exaggerated at this stage.
The angular subject matter is quite different for me, and the challenge of so many angles and hard lines keeps me on my toes. Being so accustomed to the organic textures and shapes of a landscape I find this a great diversion. Will post the second stage soon.
It seems like a long time since I have posted a painting that I completed on one day, and it feels great. When working on a series, the focus becomes more tightened down. Not only that but I have been working on getting a new website up. It's almost ready to be launched, but I need a couple more days to get it right.
This sweet little calf is not part of the series. He is a memory from my trip to Switzerland in the fall, from a photograph, and I just really wanted to paint him today. The breed is not Swiss, but Scottish, and they do quite well in Switzerland; I see them often. When walking around, along the thousands of pathways and hiking trails, the cows really make me feel peaceful. Much of it is the bells they wear, and they remind me of temple bells.
I am currently redesigning a new website for myself that is more functional and easier for me to upload images and text, you know, keep
it better updated. I may be over zealous, but I feel the new site and blog will publish in about a week. Actually, after I have said all that, here is my first attempt at publishing my blog and website.
It has a different look and feel, a new logo, but the art remains the same light and color expressions that I love to create. If you would like to review my previous posts, please do so.
The image above is a detail from a large painting that I am currently working on.
Luminous Color Explorations