Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"Windmill Blue" - Daily #2

"Windmill Blue", oil on panel, 6 x 8 inches
This is my second 'Daily' painting and I have to admit, I'm really enjoying this.  I'm also
coming away with a renewed respect and admiration for 'alla prima' painters - painting a painting in 'one go'.    My usual approach is a 'direct' one; working without a drawing and with a large brush.  But, I like to build my paintings and often work on a dry surface.   Painting wet-in-wet until the painting is entirely complete is a new experience for me!   I won't was tough for me.  I wanted to leave areas til the next day knowing that I can build on the day's work.  It was tiring, knowing that each brush stroke was a final statement. 

To add to the excitement I was painting on a new surface.  Those that know me know how fussy I am about the surfaces that I paint on, making my own canvases, often from scratch, on oil primed belgian linen.   This 'Daily' is painted on a 6 x 8 inch  "Panelli" wooden panel.   You can see from the photo that it is primed with an acrylic gesso and it has an unusual finish.  Much like one would get from a roller when painting a wall.   It was unusual, but fun.

I'm hooked on these little paintings!   What fun!   I've signed it so it's messing with it tomorrow.  This is what 'Daily' painting is about.

Tomorrow is a new day ... and another 'Daily Painting'.... hope you check back to see how I spend my day!

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