Friday, November 13, 2015
Waterfalls are probably my most favorite subject to paint. I have painted so many that I really don't need any photo references. And when I do use a reference, unless I really need it to look like an iconic scene, I deviate a lot. There are just so many abstract and compositional possibilities. So much freedom and creative play which makes the whole process so much more satisfying!
Many times, I will have a lot of left over paint on my palette which I grab with my palette knife and slather on a blank canvas. Most of the time this paint will have a lot of gel in it, so I will have a canvas already primed with texture. This was the case with these two paintings. A lot of gel, palette knife, glazes and more detailed brushwork towards the end.
The amount of glazes and veils I used, made photographing these paintings very difficult...you just can't see the delicate intricacies ,subtle color changes and vibrancy.