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PostSubject: Solidarity   Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:49 am

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This one is about one hour in. Worked on it last night. It is 6" x 6" on gessoed MDF board. I had gessoed both sides and the edges with grey Gesso; 3 coats, sanded.
The photo is one I took in Cape Breton a couple of years ago. This painting will be a donation to a Nova Scotian health charity sale.
Tonight, if I get to do some painting, I will darken the trees and background treeline. Hopefully I will get to it, as it is still wet, and ideal for creating the soft edges that I think I want for this little guy.
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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:20 am

This is great to see how you do your trees. I'm actually wanting to try landscapes soon and I'm still struggling with the process. It's looking great so far! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:45 am

Good luck. it is always fun to do one for donation to a good cause. It makes the effort worth it when people respond to it with genuine interest. Judy

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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:51 am

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Second session, another hour of painting. Darkened the leaves and treeline in background. Started the birch "trunks", but didn't like the line I was getting while working wet-on-wet. So, messed around with the grass a bit, and put it aside. I'll continue once this one is drier; at least tacky enough to take paint.
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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:29 pm

Looking good, Alan. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:10 pm

The form is really starting to emerge. Looking forward to your next update!

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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:10 pm

Thank you for allowing me to watch your picture development, if you don’t mind me asking what colors are you using for the tree leaves? I look forward to the next one and how your painting unfolds. Dana
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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:37 am

Hi Dana, sorry, didn't see your question until now. I'm not at my studio at the moment, so the paint colours might get a bit vague. Hope Artisan isn't checking for exact names, ha ha.

The leaves are Sap green, mixed with Cadmium Yellow Hue(??) and probably French Ultramarine Blue, possibly some Raw Umber. then lightened with Titanium white.
I find it best to mix colours together to create an "0ff-tube" colour, in the thought that it should create a richer range of colours on the canvas than just using the tube colour.

In the finished painting (next post), for the foreground leaves, I added some Purple to sap green, with the usual white and yellow, to just add that much more subtle "other colour". Just enough to subtly shift the tree leaves from being all one or two colours.

I also added purple, and some yellow to sap green to the grass to add some interest there.
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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:45 am

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Finished this one on the weekend, 3 hours total. (I keep a journal to track how much work I do on each painting, mostly for my own interest. I write a brief comment with each session, ie: leaves, grass, signature. I'm not in a race with myself or anything, (ha ha) but when a painting is finished, I like to be able to look back at the amount of time that was put into learning).

Now that my previous session's work was dry, I could add strength to the tree trunks and add branches, modify the foreground with some different brown, yellow and purple tones.

This one won't get varnished in time; the charity sale is in October, and the painting is due at the Association in late August or early September.
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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:46 am

I liked watching the development and the outcome is certainly worth it.
I'm surprised at your comment re varnishing for I apply an intermediate varnish three weeks or sometimes less after completion. I then write on the back the date when a final varnish can be applied.
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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:31 am

Jack, can you tell me a little about the intermediate varnish you use? Is it a type of "workable" varnish, or a spray varnish, etc? I use the Artisan Gloss varnish about 6 months after finishing the painting, haven't tried anything else.
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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:07 am

Sorry, I used an old fashioned term. The stuff I'm talking about is made by Artisan and is called 'Re-touchable Varnish'. It adds a level of protection to the work, but, also allows you to make changes as and when necessary. Evidently during the drying process which might take a year you cannot put a gloss or matt varnish on for that stops the oil from 'breathing'. I don't really understand but take the word of the experts.
My tiny mind says I understand that if you are painting on a panel of some kind for the only way the oil can dry out is through the surface. But in the case of canvas or linen then why can't it dry through the back???
But I've tried the argument and got nowhere.
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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:22 am

Thanks for the information about the Artisan retouchable varnish. We must try it!

I know what you are saying about canvas paintings should dry faster than panel, with two-way air flow.
Someone explained it to me that paint "cures" rather than dries (I found this out at about the same time I tried Artisan Fast Drying Medium, which did indeed accelerate the *ahem* : "drying". Maybe they should call it "Quick Cure" but then we might drink it, ha ha.)

Anyway, I now try to think of it as 'curing', and that there is a fixed rate for the paint to oxidize. It helps me try to be patient as I wait for at least 6 months before varnishing. Maybe that's the reason why 'they' say that the surface does not matter in terms of time required.
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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:37 am

Alan, Great painting! Thank you so much for sharing your process! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:01 pm

One of our members suggested in another topic that she just includes a card with contact information for the person getting the painting. She offers to varnish once it is completely dry without charge to the person. That is a great way to keep your name out in front of people who might be interested in another one of your paintings.
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PS: the trees look great. I love the way you did the leaves and trunks. Nice work.

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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:10 pm

Alan,
Thank you for getting back to me on the colors – your painting sure turned out nice the shadowing and light looks great.

Also thank you Alan, Kopo, and Judy for the great questions and information on varnishing and wonderful dialogue regarding what to use and when.

I have sold a lot of my paintings and have never varnished them – I didn’t realize that varnishing was that good for them or so important, also thought that it yellows over time because the varnish tends to take on a yellowish tinge and can cause color change within the painting.

Great idea Judy with letting your buyer know you will varnish the piece later and helps to keep in contact with then for further interest in your art.
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PostSubject: Re: Solidarity   Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:09 am

Thanks Dana. I hope my colours made sense, I tend to work with those ones for leaves, but vary the amount of white and Ultramarine depending on the lighting. Judy, thanks for the suggestion about the "post-sale varnish". Nice idea, and yes, a good way to stay in touch with the purchaser!
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