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PostSubject: Always Overhead   Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:14 am





Started this one yesterday, the beginnings of an impressionistic one. The concept behind this 8" x 16" came to me during a sleepless night a few weeks ago. I got up and started scribbling down ideas with a pencil. One of them was of "superheroes", such as Smallville's Superman, (but maybe more anonymous heroes), flying high in the sky, watching over cities. Anyway, I'll post the rest of the story on my blog, not to bore you all here.

The background is a hard one to photograph, thus the two attempts at photos. I painted a "black" sky, with Raw Umber, French Ultramarine Blue, and areas of Alizarin Crimson and Cerulean Blue. Then, on top of the wet paint, I put a thinned mix of Purple and white, and flicked it onto the surface from the bristles of a toothbrush, to make the "stars". Then another round of the same thing, with thinned cerulean and white.

I'll let this dry for a few days before I get into the abstract figure, and decide if I will put in a city skyline, right now I am 50/50 on that.

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PostSubject: Re: Always Overhead   Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:45 pm

Fascinating! Can't wait to see what develops.

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PostSubject: Re: Always Overhead   Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:54 pm

Well, the background sure is beautiful! Want to see what you put down next!

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PostSubject: Re: Always Overhead   Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:40 pm

Thhis is certainly something different from you. I'm looking forward to seeing your next move. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Always Overhead   Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:29 am



Thank you all for your comments.

Here are a couple of tiny PostIt note sketches.
I am now thinking that horizontal might work better than vertical.
Tending toward "B", since I can compose it with a larger figure, and apply perspective to the buildings.
It seems more like what I have first envisioned.
But who knows, I may change my mind yet again before the brushes get wet.

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PostSubject: Re: Always Overhead   Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:13 am

You've really got me curious about how this is all going to turn out. I'm so locked into realism that this looks like it would be a real challenge. Good luck.

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PostSubject: Re: Always Overhead   Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:28 pm

Wow Alan, I am looking forward to seeing the progress of this one - have fun and let loose....ENJOY!

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PostSubject: Re: Always Overhead   Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:51 am



It's been a busy month or so since I started this one. I finally had a chance to get painting again, and placed the figure and some buildings. The figure will need to be modeled a bit more, it's too flat so far, but I think the shape is okay.
The buildings are just barely visible at the bottom of the painting in this photo. They'll need more work to define them as buildings. I tried a few things, but they're not there yet. I'll probably check out some reference photos to help me decide how much nighttime lights and reflections to put in. Just enough to define them and give the painting a sense of scale and 'ground'.

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PostSubject: Re: Always Overhead   Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:14 pm

It looks like you have some great angles on the buildings making it feel like you are looking up from the ground between very tall buildings. Looking good.

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PostSubject: Re: Always Overhead   Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:19 pm

I love the angles on the buildings - looking forward to this one
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PostSubject: Re: Always Overhead   Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:52 am

Looking forward to your next update! Looking good! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Always Overhead   Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:46 am



I worked on this one a bit. It is an interesting process. I wasn't happy with the buildings at the bottom, so I painted over them, using a palette knife and some alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue. Then I smeared that with the palette knife, to make an effect on the building surface. That didn't really work for me, so I took more paint off again, and worked the building differently, adding windows. Nope, windows are too bright, and kind of 'off perspective'.
Then I took ALL of the building off using paper towel, and painted more sky over it. This photo shows the newly painted sky area still wet. (bottom) All in a day's work. Paint it on, wipe it off.

I will let this one dry before I decide whether the construction crew will return or not.

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PostSubject: Re: Always Overhead   Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:40 am

Sound like this one is going to be a difficult one. Can't wait to see how you handle it.

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PostSubject: Re: Always Overhead   Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:33 pm

Alan, I second what Janet said....can't wait to see how you handle it
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PostSubject: Re: Always Overhead   Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:00 am

Hi Alan.
What you've done reminds me of a lady friend of mine who has painted landscapes for years. Everything quite standard. Then she met up with a teacher who looked at one of her paintings with which she was dissatisfied and suggested she get a paper towel and just wipe over the wet foreground. She did. He said OK now put it in a frame. She did and sold it within a week. Life's funny.
When this one first started Alan I thought we were going to get a Judy Bell.
Looking forward to watching progress.
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