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Gareth
04-29-2004, 10:53 AM
As promised, a work in progress. This one's 16" x 16". The canvas has had six or seven layers of gesso, sanded between each.

First step. Quick pencil sketch to establish horizon (roughly half way down on this one) and where the waves are going to sit.

Gareth
04-29-2004, 10:58 AM
Well that's really clear, haha. Not that it matters too much as the pencil drawing is only three or four lines.

Anyway, the next stage is a quick wash, using a mix of Burnt Umber and Prussian Blue thinned out with turpentine. At this stage I'm working purely tonally, establishing where everything is and the range of light and dark.

I'll update as I work on it, which may be pretty sporadic as I've got seven on the go at the moment, but I've got a deadline for this one, so hopefully it should be finished within the next two weeks.

By the way, please don't ask for reference pictures; I wouldn't ask you to post pictures of yourself naked.

Eugene Veszely
04-29-2004, 01:10 PM
YAY !! :clap:

The second pic would be classified as finished in some galleries!! :)

Marty C
04-29-2004, 08:06 PM
Hi Gareth,
This I'm sure is going to be a very enjoyable and informative journey.

shrinkinviolet
04-29-2004, 09:50 PM
Two questions. One, why do you use so many layers of gesso? Two, I just finished a 18"x 18" painting and I'm having one heck of a time trying to find a frame. Do you have yours custom made where you live or do you have a favorite framer on the web?
Thanks,
Judy

laudesan
04-30-2004, 06:27 AM
Pulling up a comfy chair, front row!! ;)

Eugene Veszely
04-30-2004, 09:19 AM
Pulling up a comfy chair, front row!! ;)

You are going to have to elbow me out of the way first !!! ;) :)

Gareth
05-01-2004, 06:34 AM
No work on this yesterday, as I was working on a sky instead. It's a bank holiday here too, which means a long weekend with my family, so it'll be Tuesday at the earliest before I work on it again.

Shrinkinviolet - I like to fill the weave of the canvas, so that I get a smooth chalky surface to work on. I don't really like the feel of board, and besides, I make all my own canvases, which I really enjoy. Also, I gallery wrap my canvases, so everything goes to the gallery unframed and is displayed as such. I prefer them that way, but if somebody who buys one wants to frame it then that's up to them.

Eugene Veszely
05-01-2004, 08:38 AM
Good luck with your upcoming shows :)

shrinkinviolet
05-01-2004, 09:21 AM
Thank you for the explanation. I knew that there must be a good reason.
Judy

bobsart
05-05-2004, 09:52 AM
Great start! Don't leave us hangin' too long. :D

Gareth
05-06-2004, 08:04 AM
Okay, here's some shots of progress on the painting as it develops.

Pallette. Titanium white, Yellow light, Kings blue (deep), Prussian blue, Burnt umber.

Medium- 5 parts turpentine, 1 part stand oil, 1 part dammar varnish.

Blocking in colour on the sky, which is cloudless, but has a haze, which I'll suggest and then apply as a glaze. This is done with a large brush (1 inch) and worked wet into wet.

Gareth
05-06-2004, 08:07 AM
I don't know what just happened to the last picture of the sky, but here it is..

Gareth
05-06-2004, 08:12 AM
Then working the water in, using a smaller brush...

Gareth
05-06-2004, 08:15 AM
...

Gareth
05-06-2004, 08:17 AM
More work on the water and base colour on the sand (Raw Sienna added to pallette).

Gareth
05-06-2004, 08:20 AM
Adding some detail and depth to the sand and working over the painting as a whole...

Gareth
05-06-2004, 08:23 AM
Not that you can see a right lot of the detail (do I have to publish my picture on the web to use the uploader?, not sure how that works with the IMG thing), so here's a close up.

Eugene Veszely
05-06-2004, 12:27 PM
Thanks for the update Gareth....this one seems to be a bit lighter of heart.

Kings blue (deep)...what brand makes that??

Marty C
05-06-2004, 06:57 PM
Hi Gareth,
Beautiful work, as the saying goes, picture postcard perfect.

Alison Jardine
05-07-2004, 10:20 AM
Serene! Thanks for making this a WIP :D

I sure got to try me those oils...think I've snapped and will go out and buy supplies today!

Gareth
05-28-2004, 05:49 AM
It's been a while, but here's the finished piece. Hopefully it will come out clearer using the uploader, rather than attaching it, 'cause a lot of the detail is very subtle, especially in the sand.


1chameleon - Kings Blue (deep) is made by Old Holland. One of my favourite paints, it smells faintly of violets if you work it hard.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-May-2004/5545-besm.jpg

Marty C
05-28-2004, 08:29 AM
Hi Gareth,
This is really a very beautiful piece, deceptively simple and really striking. Marvelous work, thanks for showing us the process.

shrinkinviolet
05-28-2004, 10:02 AM
It's been a while, but here's the finished piece. Hopefully it will come out clearer using the uploader, rather than attaching it, 'cause a lot of the detail is very subtle, especially in the sand.


1chameleon - Kings Blue (deep) is made by Old Holland. One of my favourite paints, it smells faintly of violets if you work it hard.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-May-2004/5545-besm.jpg

This is really well done. I wish that I could see it in person. There seems to be a lot more detail than I can see even with the uploader. I like this alot.
Judy

Eugene Veszely
05-28-2004, 10:55 AM
1chameleon - Kings Blue (deep) is made by Old Holland. One of my favourite paints, it smells faintly of violets if you work it hard.


Thanks...I thought you might use them! :)

One day I am going to have enough money and on that day I will buy one of your paintings.

LisaArt
05-30-2004, 10:09 PM
Gorgeous! I love the lights in the water and the rippling waves..just amazing. Thanks for sharing this WIP. :)

ripvanblair
06-11-2004, 06:13 AM
Excellent WIP , I like the way you brought the whole thing together--------well done-----Alan

xavier
06-12-2004, 11:50 AM
excellant Gareth.I have to say I had my doubts when you started out
monocromatic(I use it in figure work to establish values) but the completed
painting really works well. Simplicity equals Beauty!

Jenoir
06-12-2004, 12:27 PM
Wow, this looks very realistic. Reminds me of somewhere I've been. It has a nice open feel to it. Can almost feel the wind and smell the ocean. Simple and beautiful = simply beautiful.

Jijo
06-14-2004, 05:24 PM
Thanks Gareth for the WIP, I learned a lot and love the painting at each stept, final is just great!!!
Alex

Tanilba
06-15-2004, 04:33 AM
I love the simplicity of your composition. Not being an oil painter I found
your processes very interesting and informative. Painting Well Done
REgards Glenda