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October 26th, 2011 #1
Matt's painting sketchbook
Hi all. In this thread I'll be posting some of the quick studies and small paintings I do. Hope you enjoy. C&C welcome as always. I'll try to return the favor.
The gourdes were painted with a Zorn palette. I've been learning a lot more about color by working with such a limited amount of colors.
The pear is from a series of still life paintings that I made. I collected scrap paint from other students at the end of each class (paint that would otherwise have been thrown away) and used it to thickly tone a bunch of panels. Once that was dry I painted fruit over it with very thick paint. I was pretty happy with the look of the texture.
And lastly a quick study of an onion with light from a window reflected off the table.
More to come soon, as I sort through things.
Last edited by MattSterbenz; November 27th, 2011 at 12:34 AM.
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Looking good. I like the crazy high-chroma ground peeking through. Looks like the painting is on fire. Have you tried using a more subdued color for the ground?
November 18th, 2011 #5
I love how you can see the brush strokes. It gives the work an earthy feel.
November 26th, 2011 #6
Thank you guys. The ground is cadmium red. I used to use burnt umber as a ground, and still do sometimes. In this recent batch of landscapes I used burnt sienna for a more muted red. It all depends on my mood I guess lol. Sometimes I like that bright red, especially when using a muted palette.
I set a goal of painting 100 5x7 landscapes by February. I can paint a couple each day, so we'll see how far I can get. I've got 7 so far. 93 to go!
Thanks for looking
Last edited by MattSterbenz; November 27th, 2011 at 01:50 AM.
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December 20th, 2011 #9
Things have been pretty busy lately. I got a couple more of the little landscapes done, and started two other paintings.
I started this larger painting of Sedona, AZ. I took a bunch of pictures there this past spring. It's almost done. I'm still not pleased with the foreground, so I will have to make some changes to that over the next couple of days.
The canvas measures 34x28 inches
I also started working on a more refined still life painting, and I'm documenting the process on my blog. It starts with sketches, a grisaille underpainting, and glazes. Here is the painting so far, which is on 5x7 inch panel. It's awaiting 2 or 3 more glaze layers, I think.
And you can find that blog post right herehttp://msterbenz.blogspot.com/2011/1...s-gourdes.html
June 19th, 2012 #10