Besides my work at the ARA I have spent the last month in the Catskill Mountains drawing and painting with the Hudson River Fellowship. We have entered into a pretty rigorous daily work schedule of waking up at quarter to 6 a.m. and painting till sunset, along with painting the sunset. I have numerous drawings and painting to show you all but I'll post them at a later time.
The Cliffs at Platte Clove is one of the first paintings I completed on this trip. The Painting was done on a masonite panel I prepared at home and painted on location in two days.
|My View of the Cliff|
I started the painting blocking in the drawing with a half and half mixture of Burnt Umber and Burnt Siena. For the most part I worked the paint into panel with a dry brush and for the washes I mix the paint with a little mineral spirits from my brush cleaner.
|My Underpainting in Umber|
|First lay-in of the Background|
The background was laid-in with a mixture of Cobalt Blue and Naples Yellow to achieve an atmospheric base to work into later once my foreground subjects have been addressed. This was a fairly thin layer of paint so that bits of warmth could show throw and create some more interest to the eye.
|Lay-in of the Foreground|
|Modeling the forms of the Lay-in|
|Start of the Second Day|
|Light on the Tree|
|Painting the Foliage|
|The Final Shot|