Happy 2014 everyone! This is the first Arts & Crofts blog of 2014 and I am very excited! Blogging has long since been an interest of mine, but I have always had trouble starting and deciding which content is appropriate. With the start of this new year, blog-journaling will be a priority of mine. I feel that this will be a good way to flush out ideas for future paintings/art collaborative projects, reflect on past work and perhaps provide inspiration for others.
Now that the holidays are over and winter break ends tomorrow, I have started thinking about my next project to tackle. Reviewing some of the photos I have taken around Wheeling last year, there are still many that did not make it into the Wheeling Observations show and I would like to continue with the "local architecture" theme. I enjoy finding and photographing buildings on my daily walks/runs (with my dogs Eli and Olive) in and around the downtown Wheeling area. Once I have a building photographed and my canvas or board prepped, I begin the underpainting. After reading an article about an artist in American Artist magazine, I was fascinated by her very vibrant under paintings that peeked out of the finished landscape. I started playing around with that process in the most recent building painting of mine, Blue,
where I exaggerated the green undertones in the building and the pink in the sky. As you can see, most of that got covered over with layers of "blue bricks" but I think that the almost neon tones held onto the brightness and freshness that I was going for while keeping the nice contrast between the foreground and the sky. I can't wait to start my next one, maybe it will be this half-torn down building
that I see daily on my walks. I love the blocks of various insulation and the majesty it exhibits as it sits perched on top of a hill. The clouds are a nice touch too.
Here's to a new year and exciting new prospects! I'll check in soon with some new works. Take care ya'll.
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Congratulations on dedicating yourself to a 2nd art form. I love writing because it really can help one clarify their ideas. I look forward to keeping up with it. As always, I enjoy both the style and theme of your paintings. You have a great way of presenting the beautiful of those old buildings. The new technique is cool but subtle enough to retain that great P. Croft style. Keep up the great work!
Love the painting. If you are interested in vibrant undertones, perhaps you might check out the Cape Cod school of underpainting. I've taken Mike Rooney's class using it. Susan Sarbach and Lois Griffel have written detailed books on it. In a nutshell, you underpaint all the areas of light with warm yellows, pinks, reds, oranges and the shadows with greens, blues, and purples in a similar value as the finished value. Then when you color correct on the last pass, those colors peek through and "sparkle." Mike's blog can be found by searching for Mike Rooney Studios
It's beautiful , I love the colors
Very cool painting Trish! Good luck with your next project(s). :)
Miss ya, Rose
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