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Re: Been awhile, been busy

Postby www-ksart-se » Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:51 pm

Dont rush it. Looking good so far!

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Re: Been awhile, been busy

Postby fredain2 » Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:20 am

Hi Carl:)
the world was not built in 3 days!:)
Taking some breaks to ponder on what to change, add something, make it better or not, is part of the creation, i guess.
Sleep on it.:)
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Re: Been awhile, been busy

Postby CarlOwen » Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:12 am

Good morning Kristian. Good morning Adain. It is Thanksgiving day here in the U.S. so, have a happy Thanksgiving. Thank you both for you comments and support. The foreground conversation has begun. I never know when such conversations will start or end. On one collection of six paintings the conversation per painting was an hour or so. On one painting I did, it took seven years before the conversation was completed. It found another home. The buyer was pretty insistent about it. Moving on.

The foreground in the picture I took of this location in 2011 while trailer camping at the Grand Canyon is actually in shadow. Beautiful photo, but does not work as a pallet knife painting. Or would it? Been going back and forth in my mind seeing it in shadow and in the light. Took a few days to decide. I chose to paint it in the light to continue the illusion of depth as I decided that to paint it in shadow would flatten out the painting thus killing the quality of perceived depth.

If I had to classify this painting, I think I would call it Impressionistic abstract realism. In reality, this is the direction I am pursuing with my landscape art. I have no interest in creating a painted photograph of a landscape. I want the paint itself to give the impression of a form by use of colors, pallet knife sculpting and various depths of paint. I want an abstract presence with lights and darks clashing and blending to give depth and complexity to add to the visual presence of power. And lastly, I want the forms used to be representational of reality to evoke real world subject recognition with the viewer. The end result of this approach captures the viewer in a pleasant experience by seeing and taking time to visually explore an object of beauty. It looks to me that this painting is coming in the closest to this artistic endeavor.

I don't remember if I mentioned before that the size is 30 inches by 40 inches. First time I have painted something like this with this canvas size. Earth's Heart 1, 2 and 3 don't count because they are color no shape paintings. I think I will be exploring this size range more.

I am calling this step 11 because it is the lead step into the lighter color values in this painting.
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Re: Been awhile, been busy

Postby CarlOwen » Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:07 pm

Well I have pushed far enough today. The painting has come to the stage where I must readjust the colors, slightly, and the directionality of the pallet knife strikes. Have to get cleaned up and start cooking with my wife for the Thanksgiving dinner at a friends house. This is step 12.
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Re: Been awhile, been busy

Postby CarlOwen » Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:18 pm

Hi again. I believe this is step 16. My smart card on my camera broke and I was at a point I did not want to stop. Took pictures of steps 13,14,15 with my cell phone. If I figure out how to sent the pictures to my computer I will post them. In the meantime I did not want to let folks hang out for to long, so I am posting the finished painting. So, here it is.
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Re: Been awhile, been busy

Postby CarlOwen » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:09 pm

This painting should be ready for the last step sometime in May. A clear coat of modern day spray varnish will bring out the full depth of color it currently lacks. I know it is recommended to wait nine to twelve months to let the oil fully dry. But it is so dry in New Mexico that I have learned it is ok to varnish in six months. That learning is based on experimenting with paint of different thicknesses on a canvas. Anything about 3/16 of an inch or less is hard dry. Anything over 3/16 of an inch deep is kind of hard rubbery. May is going to be busy. I will be finishing this one and starting two others.

Oh yes, I will post the finished painting in the custom frame when it is gallery display finished.
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Re: Been awhile, been busy

Postby CarlOwen » Sun May 14, 2017 9:36 am

Good morning. Grand Canyon 3 is finished and framed. I checked the canvas front and back to be sure it was dry. One of the tests is to lightly feel if any of the deep paint depth spots on the canvas is firm as in dry or moves a bit and kind of sort of feels like plastic. The feel was hard with no movement. I used high gloss clear acrylic spray. I prefer Krylon sprayed from the aerosol can. I think it works better than varnish as there is less of a tendency for the acrylic to bond with the oil as varnish does. I have a few paintings from 2010 that I did with this method. They are still as vibrant today as they were seven years ago. So, I believe the method will stand the test of time. So, the final progress post for this painting. One down and three to go.
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Re: Been awhile, been busy

Postby Singular » Sun May 14, 2017 3:25 pm

looks great Carl.
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Re: Been awhile, been busy

Postby CarlOwen » Sun May 14, 2017 5:28 pm

Thanks Joe.
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