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New Painting May 13, 2008

Posted by Mitchell in Art.
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Previously I posted a little sketch of a tree form and thoughts about a new painting set in a Florida bayou setting.  Then Mr. Lemur King came along with a different take.  My original thought was that it looked like it was creeping around with a slightly menacing aspect.  No.  Now it’s forever kicking back with a beer in it’s branches, pointing to the last hot wing and asking “Are you gonna eat that?”.

I did a couple toss off things after the last painting to try out the new equipment and then settled down to do something for real.  The teacher poked at me to return to the Tree series.  OK fine.  I had a half-sheet of the Kilimanjaro 300 lb paper stretched in the frame and I started to work. I fiddled and fiddled, tried new tree forms and whatnot.  Nothing was working.  I eventually went back to the idea in the original little sketch and recast the figure in full anthropomorphoginical mode in a different pose and setting using some of the newer tree stuff I was playing around with.

I only had a vague notion about how this whole thing was going to work, but enough of the particulars to get started.  I masked off the tree stuff and got started on the sky.

This picture doesn’t quite do it justice regarding the sky.  It’s more even toned than what you see here, but doesn’t lose any of it’s character.  I’m using only my new paints in this one and I’m very pleased so far.  That sky is done wet-in-wet mostly in quinacridone gold with quinacridone burnt orange tinges.  And a little yellow.  It’s a really good start.

There’s a whole fambly of these quinacridone paints available at Daniel Smith and so far I’m really impressed.  They go on beautifully and retain a lot of brilliance.  The Q gold is really amazing and I can’t stop using it.  More about that later.

In this picture I’ve rubbed off the mask from the small trees, but still have it on the main tree dude.  I now need to figure out the middle portion of the painting.



1. Lemur King - May 13, 2008

Oooh, I LIKE the sky.

I just hadn’t visualized the tree pointing at the last buffalo wings. Great idea!

You no like the “Stelllllllaaaaaa!” posture of the last tree? Can I help it if your trees exude personality?

I don’t know if you want to call me Mr. Lemur King. Tha’s me dad. 🙂

2. Enas Yorl - May 14, 2008

Yah, I like the “Stelllllaaaa!” I’ve decided that it should be the title in fact.

3. Enas Yorl - May 14, 2008


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