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Saturday, February 07, 2009

A Work in Progress of Bogue Sound

24x24 on stretched canvas - $235
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I've been wanting to show a painting in progress, and I kept that goal in mind while I painted this painting of Bogue Sound. Unfortunately even using a tripod these pictures didn't come out amazing and are slightly blurred, but I hope they still illustrate my steps. This painting is 24x24. Above is the final version, and here's how I got to it:

I start by covering my canvas in a red gesso. Most of my paintings are heavy on blues and greens and I love a little bit of the warm red peeking through in the end:

Then I do a very quick sketch in pencil and fill in some of the dark areas with a reddish-purple of where the land meets water, and add in a little bit of the greens where the grass will be:

More filling in of the grassy areas:

Up to this point I've just been brushing in chunks of green color, but now I actually start trying to make it appear more grass-like in the front:

I finally decide I should add in some of the water behind the foreground so I can get to blending the grasses further back with the water:

And even more refinement of the foreground:

I'm happy with the front for now so I add in the basic sky value. I bring it in close to where distant trees will be:

I add in the darker values of the trees:

This one really caught a lot of glare, but I basically merged the trees with the sky with some careful blending:

The final part was to refine the trees and add in some details, like building some clouds and brightening the water and grasses. This picture was taken outside so it shows up better than the previous ones:

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Blogger Douglas Hoover said...

Kerri, thanks so much for sharing your painting progress! I love how you work on a toned background, I do the same thing with a burnt sienna glaze. And the fact that you attack the canvas directly and start painting is wonderful. Like I've said before, you're good at this... really good!

11:26 AM  
Blogger dpaone said...

I love seeing your work in progress! Who knew that a little magic was under those blues. Very cool!

3:09 PM  
Blogger Kerri Settle said...

Thank you Douglas! I find an underpainting really helps me a lot on the bigger ones, though lately I've been foregoing it on smaller pieces. It makes that blank canvas seem less foreboding.

Diane - Thanks for the reminder that I should do a WIP every now and then!

9:20 PM  
Blogger Roberta Laliberte said...

Kerri, I really love your work. I have always struggled with landscapes. For years I was stuck in the "realism rut", but have recently had a few breakthroughs. Years of conditioning are difficult to break and when most of your viewers have an untrained eye you really have to have alot of confidence to counterbalance the narrow minded comments true artists often get. You obviously know how simplify the composition and keep it fresh. Love it.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Kerri Settle said...

Roberta, I still struggle with landscapes. There is so much mental editing to do and I'm inclined to put in every detail and I constantly have to catch myself.

My family is in the realism camp and most of them like paintings that look like photos (and I'm not knocking realism, because it takes more patience than I'll ever have). Many of them say they liked my early work better, before I even knew what I was doing! It's really nice to have an online support group of artists who know how long the road can be. Don't give up, and always strive to find the style that's truest to you.

11:41 PM  

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