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PostSubject: Christmas in July   Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:20 pm

I've finally carved out some time and energy to work on a Water Soluble Oil painting on canvas; my first in a few years actually.
This one is a night scene along the main street, in winter. I've just started this one, so I'll post updates as I go along.

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:22 pm


First, a linear tracing from my photo collage/reference.

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:25 pm


Then, after realizing my rookie mistake: I made the linear work in conté the same tone of burnt sienna that I had hoped to paint the wash! oops.
So, I remixed the thinned background wash, to make it green in the upper left ('sky') and yellowy brown in the rest of the piece.
Next stage: start blocking in shapes, and wonder if the brown lines will survive while I do it!

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:21 am

It will be fun watch your progress.

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:38 am

So good to see you painting again and can't wait to see it progress.
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:08 pm


Here it is as of last night: background roughed in, shown here with the reference image.

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:10 pm



Here it is at the end of today's session: I am finding that these days, I only have good mental focus for a couple of hours per day, otherwise I start rushing and not being thorough/deliberate. So, total time in painting is now about 5 hrs.

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Sun Aug 02, 2015 6:05 pm

I am finding that these days, I only have good mental focus for a couple of hours per day

Boy, do I hear that! But the time you've spent is well spent! Keep going!
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Sun Aug 02, 2015 6:39 pm

WOW! It is really coming along great. I'm so glad you included the reference photo. The whole thing is totally impressive.

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:58 pm

Thanks Jan and Judy for your comments. The image is a collage of several photos I took one frigid night in early January, before they took all the lights down along the street. I edited the shots together, and made a composition of it all.
With any luck, I will have a few hours again tomorrow to work on the centre portion of the image.

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:25 pm


Here is the image after a few hours work today; I have blurred and softened large areas of the image. The plan is to go back into it, to add sharp detail. Should be fun!

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:12 pm

Awesome Alan, It has been a while since you posted last. Coming along great… Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:11 pm

Thanks Faisal! It feels good to be working on canvas again! I'll be back to work on this one sometime this week, as time permits! We are having our (joke:)) 3 weeks of summer now!

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:40 pm

Alan, you can borrow some of our texas heat… It was 100 today… expected to get to 104-106 tomorrow

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:14 am

Great Alan! And we'll be glad to send you some of our summer too!
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:09 pm

Heat? That sounds good, everyone. Where I live, summer is 2 months, trailing off into a warm and beautiful autumn. Typical summer temperatures are in the 80's, with occasional days in the 90's. Nights go to the 60's...

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:55 am

Maybe we should have some sort of housing exchange as your weather sounds really good to me right now!
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:28 pm

I am with Jan on this one... Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:29 pm


Here's another look, about 6 hours further in. The photo might be a bit dark: I am trying to compensate for the bright lighting in the studio that day. The next step is to finish the lettering on the vertical sign in the middle of the scene, then add lighting effects from passing cars, reflections, movement etc, to make the image a bit impressionistic; hustle and bustle..

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Tue Aug 18, 2015 5:29 pm

WOW! This is coming along fantastically. Lots of work, but well worth it.

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Tue Aug 18, 2015 5:58 pm

WOW, WOW!!!!! This is going to be just stunning!
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:09 pm

Thanks Judy and Jan! I have been learning a lot on this one, and nearing completion on it. I hope the client is as enthusiastic as you! Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:42 am

Thia is a commissioned work? An even bigger WOW!

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:46 pm

I really love hearing that our fellow artists are selling! Congratulations on the commission, Alan!
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas in July   Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:17 pm

Thanks Judy and Jan. Yes, this is a commissioned painting; the client had seen the photo montage that I am working with, and approved that. I also submitted a second similar montage image that I might develop into a painting; now that I have learned so much on this one.

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