Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"Above Big Sur" 
A step by step from study to studio painting
Step 2
In this step you can see the canvas has been completely 
covered with paint,  approximately one hour into painting.
It is only at this point, when I can see everything as a 
whole, that I can start to compare and adjust all 
my values and color to my liking.  You can see I've
kept all my shapes strong and haven't done too much 
detail work yet.  It is very important  not to lose 
yourself in detail,  remember what you are trying to 
convey and put down only the necessary brush marks.


Scott Ruthven said...

Looks great Frank. Thanks for posting this series. One question...in the first post you talk about transparent washes but it looks like you've added some white...is that the case?

mary maxam said...

Both this and step one are such clear reminders (not to say easy!) of focus! Thanks for posting, I look forward to the next

Nick said...

Let me add my thanks, Frank. I work in acrylics, but that makes no real difference in approach, does it? Also, I seem to get bogged down in paint prep, mixing, application. Any advice for speeding up the process other than rolling up my sleeves and plunging ahead? Thank you.

F. Serrano said...

Thanks for the questions Scott. There really is no white except for the white of the canvas in the first step. A small amount of Titanium white is used in mixing to get the correct value of the distant hill, but it is still very thin and transparent since I am using thinner as my medium.

F. Serrano said...

Nick, The only paint prep I do is from the tube to the palette. I do not premix anything. I'm not trying to exactly copy the study. The larger piece is it's own...I want it to be fresh!