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PostSubject: snowy sunset in the desert   Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:06 pm

The sunset after the snow in the desert was spectacuar. The mountains always turn a sort of a salmon color, but this evening with the snow and clouds and haze, the mountain was just glowing in the salmon color. Unfortunately, I only had my cellphone camera handy and I zoomed in which resulted in a very small picture.I've started painting on a 22 x28 inch stretched canvas which I prepared with two coats of clear gesso. I'm using WN Artisan WS Oil paints and walnut oil alkyd medium. My plan is to get the sky and mountain done with different values and then glaze with colors to accomplish the salmon color.



My only worry right now is that I used Cad red light and cobalt blue to make my gray. This was fine, but if I have to add any yellow in my glazing I'm afraid some of the areas might come out slightly greenish because of the gray does fluctuate between more blue and more cad red. Hopefully, multiple glazes with reds first will create more of a violet and pink. then the yello might not be so bad.

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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:40 pm

Gorgeous shot of mountains and sky. I'm looking forward to see how you acheive the effects. Good start!
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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:12 am

Thanks Sofie,

i'm going to try to scrub out some color today. I'm not used to glazing over an under painting, so this is a challenge.

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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:39 am

lots of drama here. Have fun with this one
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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:40 pm

The sky looks great! Looking forward to seeing some color on the mountains
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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:45 pm

Looking great! Looking forward to seeing how you add all those lovely colors. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:58 pm

I did some scrubbing of color but want to wait for more drying before I start the glazing.

I'm still considering what I want to do with the foreground. The photo doesn't really show anything very exciting or complementary to the painting. With all the snow in the mountains, our normally dry or minimally flowing rivers, have a lot of water in them. Water is always a nice way to get reflections to enhance the overall painting.

I'm actually on the bank of the river, but the main bed is obscured by all the foliage that grows with the river bed being dry most of the time.. I might do some alterations.

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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:01 pm

Here's my first glazing. The light cad red with walnut alkyd is close to what the color looks like, but I think I'm going to have lighten the shadows or something.
I put the same color in the foreground so it will carry through when I start painting it in. I took some great sunset pictures the other night up on the slope of the mountain to the west of me and I think I know which one I'll use to make the foreground more interesting without taking away from the mountains.



This is going to be a tough one.
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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:14 pm

Judy, its does look like a tough one but it's coming along great! I'm looking forward to seeing your next step. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:24 pm

It'll be fascinating watching the glazing stages. It's looking richer already. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:55 pm

I finally got the mountain and sky done. I dabbed white over the whole thing with a flared out brush to give the whole thing more of a hazy feel and then when that dried, I did several layers more or the cad red light, a touch of ochre here and there and I added some clouds drifting in front of the mountain. The grays in the sky were from the same cobolt and cad red light mixture I used for the mountain shadows.



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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:00 pm

Once I was satisfied with the sky and mountains, I started putting in the foreground. Once this dries, I will start with the detail work. I had been pretty worried about the success of the painting up to this point, but once the foreground was roughly painted in, I started to feel a little more confident.



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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:11 pm

I am having breathing problems with the alkyd the longer I use it, so the finishing stages will probably be done with just plain walnut oil which doesn't bother me. It will slow down the process, but I rather that then having to take breathing medicine unnecessarily.

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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:40 pm

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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:04 pm

Love the effect the red glaze gave this. It's looking very good!

Too bad you can't continue to use the quick-dry mediums But I'm sure you'll come up with a process that works for you. Maybe a few layers of acrylic glazes to get things going, then top it off with the oils so you cut down on some drying time at the start.

Looking forward to seeing the finished piece!
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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:16 pm

Wow! Lots of progress.

I'm sorry you're having troubles using the alkyd. Take care.
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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Sat Feb 06, 2010 4:53 pm

Thank you all,

I think what I am going to do is work outside to finish it up. That way I can continue with the alkyd to finish the painting. With all the fresh air, it shouldn't bother me.

It is 64 degrees and sunny right now outside at 2 PM and no wind so it would be perfect for that.

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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Sat Feb 06, 2010 4:56 pm

Any excuse to get outside and enjoy the day!
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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Sat Feb 06, 2010 5:30 pm

Right you are. First Io have to go for my 40 minute fast walk then back to painting. Judy

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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:09 pm

Wow Judy your landscape is looking fantastic! The depth and colors are wonderful!

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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:21 pm

I think this is finished. I have to look at it a few days to decide.



The cactus on the right has a glare on it. It is really about the same as the big one to the left.

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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:31 pm

You've really created a lot of depth. Lovely soft colours in the background, and an interesting foreground really make the painting work. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:25 pm

I hope you'll post a larger pic of this in the finished paintings.
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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:29 am

Judy, It's beautiful! I love the colors! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: snowy sunset in the desert   Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:31 am

Thank you all,

I'm just looking at a for a few days hanging on a wall to see if I'm completly satisfired and then I will sign it and post in completed paintings.

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