Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Anatomy of a Landscape - Part 2

Once the under-painting has dried we can begin. Sometimes I draw a few pencil lines on the canvas as an aid, but most of the time I just get stuck in! I'll have an idea in my head of what I want and sometimes I draw a few compositional sketches on a scrap of paper first to see what may or may not work. I try not to be too restricted or prescriptive nowadays and I rely on what happens when I start applying the paint.

For this piece I had done a few sketches, based on past observation and a handful of photos, so I roughly mapped out what I wanted on the canvas:

The paint was applied using a large painting knife...

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