Part 4 – Exercise 1 “View from a window or doorway” – work in progress

Work in progress. For this first exercise of Part 4 I chose a sketch that I had made using water soluble oil pastels:

Sinclair's Bay lighthouse, Caithness, view from WW2 beach observation post - sketch with water soluble oil pastels (click image to enlarge)

Sinclair’s Bay lighthouse, Caithness, view from WW2 beach observation post – sketch with water soluble oil pastels (click image to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the painting I chose a 40.6 x 50.8 cm canvas board in landscape format and wanted to try out some new techniques. I covered the canvas board with a wash of cadmium red acrylic paint and then using my sketch for reference prepared an underpainting of red-violet oil paint mix to try and capture the main forms and tonal qualities of the composition.

Part 4 - exercise 1 - view from a window, underpainting (click image to enlarge)

Part 4 – exercise 1 – view from a window, underpainting (click image to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can probably spot, I used some artistic licence to alter the large boulder in front of the window into the remains of a small rowing boat. I’m not actually happy with the shape I ended up with, but will make alterations in the final paint. I want to leave the painting for a couple of days to let it to begin to dry and also to think more about what I want from the finished painting.

Stuart Brownlee – 512319

30th June, 2013