Lizzies Blog

Mapping the visual world through a nebulous lens. Varying degrees of tangibility and culpability.
 

Landscapes

In a way, to me everything is a landscape, or scape of some sort. I tend to work with a horizon line in most of my work, if not a grid or cross or some sort of straight line placed within my composition.  I have gone back to those pieces I was working on before  I went off on this last tangent. The actual landscapes/color field works with a limited palette and not so impulsive. I have worked in this vein before and find it soothing. My color palette has changed to a more pastel, muted blues and greens etc... I really like the small pieces, but am also working larger. Canvas and panel... Each has a benefit exclusive to the surface, and a nice back and forth when working on several things at once.

 Completed landscape on panel

Completed landscape on panel

These small works in progress are on 6x6 canvas' with a 2.5" depth.  These small sizes with the depth are also great for creating multi-canvas grid paintings. Working small like this is a good exercise in perspective and restraint. Rather than just working small for studies it is also good to work small with the intention of a finished piece.

 Landscape in progress on canvas

Landscape in progress on canvas

 Landscape in progress on canvas

Landscape in progress on canvas

Building out the external layers with opaque washes at this stage and finishing with glazed washes and detail. The under painting is heavy paint rather than a medium like modeling paste. This allows for a bit of scraping down to the textured layer to reveal some of that color. It's also a good idea to use a starting color that will complement the final layers. I tend to use a less expensive opaque/matte liquid paint for the early washes. A quality high pigment paint for the texture and again the high quality paint for the glazing and detail. This way I am not thinning down a lot of paint for the early washes. I can just use it straight out of the bottle. On a large painting I will of course use a different approach where I mix high pigmented paint with clear gesso and matte medium.  It creates an opaque wash, and due to the gesso it also has a bit of tooth which is great for layering as many layers can built without losing what is underneath.