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howyadoin
11-30-2010, 09:19 PM
Hey folks, just wanted to show you one of my current projects. My biggest painting to date - a triptych that totals 18 square feet. The composition is based on an illustration I did several years ago of a group of P-51 Mustangs:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/howyadoin/Dawn_Patrol.jpg

My client saw that one in my Imagekind store and wanted to buy a big print of it to fit a specific spot in his house. The problem being, the original piece was never intended to be printed that large, so the resolution in the Photoshop file just wasn't enough.

We looked around at a few options, and finally decided that I would just paint the whole thing at full size. So this particular pic is near the beginning of the process - collaging bits of fabric and paper to create the base texture for the farmers' fields below:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4084/5104029878_a71e848d3f_z.jpg

After that I laid down some white gesso and outlined the positions of the planes:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4112/5116278994_ebf18a23bd_z.jpg

howyadoin
11-30-2010, 09:21 PM
The next phase was various washes of colour for the underpainting:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4032/5138668116_81597a6f2e_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4111/5176157097_cf2f99a952_z.jpg

I'm finally nearing the end of this phase now. Took a long time build up the washes of colour to the appropriate level of saturation.

howyadoin
11-30-2010, 09:25 PM
At the moment it's considerably darker than what you see in that last pic. My plan from here is to drybrush the greens of the grass and trees, then cover the whole thing under layers of Liquitex Pouring Medium.

After that, I'll apply matte medium to soften the look of the whole thing, and then it'll be time to start on the fighter planes themselves. I want to start with a base of either Silverchrome Montana Gold, or Tri-Art Liquid Mirror, and then use glazes to define the shapes.

Wish me luck?

OkeeKat
11-30-2010, 09:31 PM
Fascinating process Bret, anxious to see this finished!!
Looks great already!

*Violet*
12-01-2010, 01:05 AM
i second what kathie says ^^^^^ !! ... :)

dances_with_oils
12-01-2010, 01:26 AM
Ohhh... I'm liking this triptych very much. Love the background work and how it turned out.

howyadoin
12-01-2010, 02:41 AM
Thank you all. To be honest I'm occasionally finding the sheer size a bit overwhelming. When the paintings are laid out on livingroom floor there's barely enough room to walk around them. Now that all those washes of colour are done, though, hopefully I'm past that problem for awhile.

(Till I start playing with the Pouring Medium, at least.)

Chrisp47
12-01-2010, 02:04 PM
:thumbsup: It's looking great, can't wait to see more. Thanks for sharing the process with us.

Barb'sArt
12-01-2010, 02:23 PM
Watching with interest! looks great!

mormon_saint
12-01-2010, 03:00 PM
This is going to be amazing hanging on your clients wall! Thanks for sharing your processs

IanArt
12-01-2010, 08:23 PM
This is fantastic. How / what do you use to adhere the fabric to the board? Does the paint change the texture of the fabric?

Ian

danreed
12-01-2010, 10:04 PM
Wow! Very nice. This is coming together quite well - can't wait to see this one finished.

Dan

arl
12-02-2010, 05:25 AM
This is looking wonderful.

chammi kaiser
12-02-2010, 06:24 AM
This is immensely courageous and is looking fantastic so far. Really looking forward to the final.

howyadoin
12-03-2010, 02:01 AM
Thanks again, everybody. Hopefully I'll have an update to show in the next few days.

And Ian, I collaged all the paper and fabric with Liquitex Pouring Medium. Many light coats on top, so as not to bury the texture before I start drybrushing.

kate252
12-03-2010, 11:02 AM
i agree- this is most ambitious- wtih ambitious projects they can make or break you- i tend to stay away from something that size and that ambition- it all ends in tears- but i think so far you look to be doing really well- its all a case of knowing what you are doing i suppose and what look you are after.

i must say though- that they will probably look totally different in the flesh than they d through a computer- so its so difficult to get a sense of it. its one of those- needing to look close up and to see all the textures and processes to fully appreciate i think-

idylbrush
12-03-2010, 11:56 AM
I am liking what I am seeing. Very nicely laid out and so far the execution seems to be rather amazing. Like the look of the planes, they have a style that i find appealing.

howyadoin
12-10-2010, 08:22 PM
i agree- this is most ambitious- wtih ambitious projects they can make or break you- i tend to stay away from something that size and that ambition- it all ends in tears- but i think so far you look to be doing really well- its all a case of knowing what you are doing i suppose and what look you are after.

i must say though- that they will probably look totally different in the flesh than they d through a computer- so its so difficult to get a sense of it. its one of those- needing to look close up and to see all the textures and processes to fully appreciate i think-Thank you. These are definitely good points. What's working in my favour is having the bulk of the compositional issues worked out in advance, and having thought out my steps in this a lot farther ahead than I usually do. I'm sure there'll be surprises, of course. There are always are.

I am liking what I am seeing. Very nicely laid out and so far the execution seems to be rather amazing. Like the look of the planes, they have a style that i find appealing.Thanks, Howard. I should add that I wouldn't even dream of doing these without all the knowledge I've picked up from your tutorials and your posts here.




Oh, and the underpainting is really done now - I even glazed the more textured bits today to make sure they're sealed:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5085/5250260536_06803f8843_b.jpg

OkeeKat
12-10-2010, 09:38 PM
amazing already Bret, I didnt take not to the size before, but dang thats Huge!!!
I give you alot of credit to work on that size canvas'.
You painting them on the floor or up on large easel?? You back must be sore if on the floor.
anxiously waiting the next update!

RPut
12-11-2010, 09:51 PM
Wow! What a huge project ! Cool!

Andun
12-12-2010, 05:58 AM
Hey Bret!! How ya gettin on buddy! It looks like you have taken on one heck of a challenge here but you are producing a great result as well! The customer will be elated with this piece when you finish! Keep up the great work mate!!:)

jimmy4u
12-12-2010, 03:00 PM
You're project is one that is worthy of respect, not only for the topic but the size of it. Looking good!

howyadoin
01-17-2011, 12:58 AM
Thanks, everybody. I finally have an update on this:


http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5170/5358748710_42dd4f860f_b.jpg

Next steps will be softening a lot of those colour transitions, then some glazing in selected areas, and after that it'll be time to start laying down the Pouring Medium. Fortunately I got a gift card from Opus for Christmas, and scored all this stuff:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5247/5304953831_80c56c7a7d.jpg

chammi kaiser
01-17-2011, 02:38 AM
Wow! This is quite overwhelming. At the moment it looks like a tapestry. Watching with interest.

*Violet*
01-17-2011, 03:34 AM
what a change from the earlier posts !! ... lookin' great !! ... will there be any of the planes' shadows on the ground below? .... the one dark patch of land on the middle panel made me think of a shadow and how cool that'd be ...

Charlie's Mum
01-17-2011, 08:23 AM
Don't know how I missed this last year Brett - but enjoyed catching up!
It's a mind-boggling task to take on but is coming together beautifully!

Not being used to the various mediums, (I only use water and perhaps glazing medium at times) what effect will all the pouring medium have? Does it tend to 'flatten' and merge the painted areas?

Andun
01-18-2011, 04:50 AM
It just keeps getting better and better Bret:)

howyadoin
01-18-2011, 05:28 AM
Wow! This is quite overwhelming. At the moment it looks like a tapestry. Watching with interest.Thanks, Chammi. It's been a pretty great experience so far.

what a change from the earlier posts !! ... lookin' great !! ... will there be any of the planes' shadows on the ground below? .... the one dark patch of land on the middle panel made me think of a shadow and how cool that'd be ...Thank you, Violet. I think maybe there'll be a slight shadow, but I'm still having some debate over that, because the planes are meant to be very high in the air. We'll see, though.

Don't know how I missed this last year Bret - but enjoyed catching up!
It's a mind-boggling task to take on but is coming together beautifully!

Not being used to the various mediums, (I only use water and perhaps glazing medium at times) what effect will all the pouring medium have? Does it tend to 'flatten' and merge the painted areas?Thanks, Maureen. The pouring medium is meant to create a thick, clear layer over the whole works. Then that'll be treated with matte medium, and finally the planes will be painted on top of all that.

At least, that's the theory right now, anyway.

It just keeps getting better and better Bret:)Thank you, Tony. Much appreciated.

Charlie's Mum
01-18-2011, 09:17 AM
:thumbsup: - thanks Brett :)

BlueStarr
01-18-2011, 06:53 PM
this is really turning into a lovely piece of work :)

howyadoin
02-22-2011, 08:28 PM
Well, folks, it's been a long time. But these paintings are almost done:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5254/5469195601_0a22ed1835_b.jpg

Only thing left to do now is the matte finish on the background, which should mute the greens quite a bit. It's been a long, strange journey since the Saturday last fall when I first bought the panels to paint these on.

How is everybody?

OkeeKat
02-22-2011, 10:00 PM
Fabulous work Bret, Love it!!
the background is wonderfull as the details on the planes.
Doing great here, glad to see you finaly getting this one done.
Hope all is well with you too!!
((HUGS))

*Violet*
02-23-2011, 02:25 AM
cool ... real cool !!

howyadoin
02-23-2011, 04:27 PM
Thank you very much, ladies.

chammi kaiser
02-25-2011, 11:02 AM
Wow Bret, this is certainly a winner. Super work.

howyadoin
03-06-2011, 04:53 AM
Wow Bret, this is certainly a winner. Super work.Thanks, Chammi. It's almost finished now:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5020/5500553475_6b78bc0379_z.jpg

ladypainter
03-06-2011, 07:56 AM
wow this in incredible work and i loved watching the process.I am really impressed with how you did this so well.

*Violet*
03-06-2011, 01:40 PM
yep !! ... impressive ... incredible ... very cool !! ... :thumbsup::thumbsup:

idylbrush
03-06-2011, 02:41 PM
:thumbsup: X5

Good going Bret.

Charlie's Mum
03-06-2011, 06:16 PM
Looks good on the wall Brett - quite an incredible feat!

OkeeKat
03-06-2011, 06:19 PM
Very Impressive Bret!! Looks great, nice photo with you too!!

howyadoin
03-06-2011, 08:12 PM
Aw, you guys are the best. Thank you so much; the encouragement here and elsewhere has really made this process easier. There were a couple of long stretches where it felt like I was making no progress at all.

And oddly enough, the planes themselves only took a couple days. This has been an amazing learning experience. I probably learned more about glazing in February than in all the rest of the time I've been using acrylics (for instance, using overall glazes to unify the piece and pull the colours closer together). The sheer quantities of mediums I used was a bit of a surprise, too. Probably a liter of gesso, 4 liters of Pouring Medium (and I could have easily used a couple more), a couple tubes of oxide green, a bottle of permanent green light, lots of matte medium, etc. etc.

Feels weird to think that after 5 months, they'll soon be shipped off to Calgary.



Oh, and the nicest part? I paid this month's rent with the money from this commission and the sale of one print from my store. Quite a milestone.

Thanks again.
Bret

gaykir
03-06-2011, 09:45 PM
Ahh! Bret, very well done. Nice to see what you're up to these days!

OkeeKat
03-08-2011, 12:11 AM
Congrats!!

noodle1
03-08-2011, 07:58 PM
Brilliant and well done. Is so good to see your style and talent again.
Congrats this one is amazing!!!!

Elaine

howyadoin
03-08-2011, 08:03 PM
Thank you all once again. It means a lot.