Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 Archives

Here’s a radical change in the appearance of the painting. The sky approaches its completed state, needing a yellow / white moon and a glaze of Ultramarine blue, with some stars and haze to complete it. However, it will need a little care to smooth it out and soften some areas which are a little brushy. I’ll also put in some light, milky clouds lit by the silvery moonlight. Of course, the moon will sit in that light patch in the left where that orange circle was until quite recently.

The hermit is now seen in a pool of light, isolated from the desert surroundings, which seem larger.

I painted the first layer of the lantern over its initial drawing, getting the flat brass colour with a raw sienna and a touch of black, then some white to bring up the value a little.

I asked a couple of visitors about the yin yang, which didn’t seem to bother them, in fact one of them said they hadn’t noticed it was there – so that’s perfect, it’s a hidden secret of the painting now. Speaking of hidden secrets, I thought I’d emphasize the little peaks on the horizon that sit at 1.62 with a touch of moonlight backlight.

Welcome members of T3P and TSS!
Enjoy the site.

I’d especially point you to the painting I’m working on right now, working title: Bombers.
It’s fun to follow the posts from the beginning of the work to where it’s at now.


The day was broken into several short sections, which made getting a clear shot at painting for any great length of time tricky, but was perfect for getting gesso onto panels in preparation for the “As the Crow Flies” magnum opus.

The birch panels are well seasoned now, having laid out for a long time, but I discarded a couple which had split, leaving me only the stable pieces for preparation. I painted gesso for hours, punctuated by lunch, the arrival of twenty new easels for our painting classes, Art and Doug arriving to record audio for the slideshow thing for the web and my children’s repeated arrivals and departures. By the way, the slideshow should end up resembling the one they made about Cyn McCurry’s work, which can be seen here. There are some good pictures of her paintings at the bottom of that page too.

There are about 160 square feet of birch plywood here, each with at least five coats of gesso on them. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much prepared wood in the studio at one time. I’m looking forward to getting the red and gold on them. Painting the black crows will be relatively easy, but perhaps repetitive. The main piece is essentially complete, with the exception of the seated figure, which needs a couple more layers and some careful observation to pull it off properly. 

I don’t have the mordant yet, so I’ll have to wait to get these panels much further along. Back to the Bombers piece tomorrow!