My process for the "Fragment" series paintings:
1. Cut out the shape on masonite with a hand held jigsaw.
2. Measure and saw the frame pieces.
3. Glue and nail frame to masonite, punch nails, and spackle.
4 Sand, gesso, sand, gesso.
5. Underpaint with thinned oil paint.
6. Let dry.
7. Layer strips of masking tape onto underpainting.
8. Overpaint with heavy impasto, paint mixed with cold wax and neo-megilp mediums.
9. Let dry.
10. Screw in eyelets and use wire for hanging.
11. Ship to prestigious gallery..?
I've been in the studio so much lately, I've neglected painting outside. I found this lovely field while taking some branches to recycle.
While I was painting, the booms of shotgun blasts got closer until I noticed trucks nearby and someone in camo holding a shotgun, with a hunting dog at his heels headed my way. I waved, he waved, and the dog sniffed around as we shook hands. Thankfully, he was shooting over the crops and just wanted to see what I was doing on his property. He even offered me a cold beer. I live to paint another day!
I've had this cutout and underpainting on my easel for weeks trying to come up with something. I even attached real branches, but nothing was working. I made some sketches I liked and last night went to work.
Over areas of the underpainting, I used masking tape which I peeled off after applying the thick paint to let some of the underpainting come through.
Well, I built and shellacked the pedestal last week and here she stands! I'm really looking forward to setting up my new bandsaw next week and start on a new laminated piece. In the meanwhile, I have a couple of pieces to finish and post soon. I love gettin' dirty!