Monday, December 31, 2018

Thanks for Listening 2018

As this year closes, I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude and appreciation to all of you who have made this such a great year. I appreciate your, kindness, support, and generosity.
Hope you have a great 2019. 

Thank you!

The Sun will not rise or set without my notice and thanks. (Winslow Homer)

For my loving wife, no words can express my appreciation for you.
The source of my greatest happiness. I am extremely lucky, and extremely thankful… for you.
All my love, Happy Anniversary

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Feather Vase - WIP

Current work in progress. Progress shots, drawing, wipe-out, first pass, last pass.

Preliminary pencil drawing. Most of my still lifes begin with a simple but descriptive contour drawing, which works out the composition and suggests the shadow side or turning point on the form. This is typically more than enough information to move on to the next stage of paint. Especially for any monochrome underpainting.

Bistre - (the wipe-out method) – An underpainting using warm browns (usually raw umber or burnt umber). A thin coat of umber is painted or rubbed over the canvas and then ‘wiped out’ or lifted using a rag or a bristle brush and a small amount of solvent

First Color Pass: These are the first color layers over the underpainting, with each color pass over the image you make small corrections and adjustments, slowly tuning in the image to the level of three-dimensional reality and “resolution” you wish to see in your painting. When I speak of “resolution” I am using it to describe the degree of focus.

Feather Vase, 11 x 14, oil on panel, Jim Serrett

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