Corvallis Artist, Oregon Artist. Creating Every Day…paintings, web sites, and courses Oregon daily painter, murals and portraits. Corvallis Web Designer / Web Developer. Original abstract landscape oil paintings
This new painting is a remake of an older painting, which I could not stand to look at anymore. This version has more drama and is much more fun to look at. The sand from the original plein air painting session is still visible, adding an interesting texture.
Last year I began working on a series of paintings done mostly from memory of driving through the Southwest and Eastern Oregon. The desert and high-desert grasses, dirt colors, and rock formations are fascinating and compel me to paint them.
In my usual loose style using transparent oil paint on an alizerin crimson underpainting make up this triptych.
In addition, these each use a bit of sgraffito to add texture and small details.
Crow has something to say, either, “Hey, painter, move along; this is my log,” or “there is a scrap of food here and it is mine!”
I’m continuing with the same technique I’ve been using for months now…transparent oil paint over an underpainting of alizarin crimson, with obvious and very loose brush strokes, on archival Ampersand Claybord panels.
I like how the paint soaks in and semi-dries enough to paint over it immediately. It has a tacky surface unlike oil on gesso, which seems to sit on the surface and get pushed around instead of allow new layers…I just don’t have the patience to wait for it to dry before adding new layers.
This is the first of three paintings started en plein air this week at Taft, Oregon, south of Lincoln City. I forgot to bring more white with me, so the other two are waiting for a chance to be finished up.
The waves were dramatic this week but the bay was calm. Check back later this week.