Sunday, October 25, 2015

Trouble with Canvas

I continued my weekend plan to paint some small paintings for practice. I used a small 5x7 board with canvas. I had a real problem working on this surface. I prefer a smoother surface but thought I'd use this board for practice. I fought the texture all the way through and even had a hard time getting a good photos.

Process shots:

The final photo - even my iPad had trouble getting a good shot. I need to stick with smoother surfaces!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Rainy October Day - Back to the Studio

I've been lazy about posting on the blog. It's so much quicker to post on my Facebook Artist page "Nancy Vance Artist". Please feel free to "like" my artist page if you'd like to be kept up to date quicker.

Today is a cool, rainy October day. I wanted to work on the fundamentals in my oils and get into taking the time to do sketches before I start. I was working from a photo I took last year which was cropped to a square. At that time, I had some some quick sketches, but never painted the scene. (right side of photo) Although I had already done much of the design from cropping my photo, I still wanted the practice of sketching. I drew a new sketch on bristol paper. I also was reusing a painting board which was a wipe down from a bad painting.(middle left).

 This shows my sequence creating the new sketch:

 Then I used a transparent dark oil mix to map in the design onto the painting board:
I didn't stop to take progress shots, so here is the final painting:
"Shadowed Path", oil, 6x6, Ampersand Gessobord

Friday, October 02, 2015

Where have I Been?

I've been on a painting retreat! Check out my travel blog: