Welcome! This blog began as an assignment in a digital art class. That was in 2008. I decided to keep it going as my art journal. It is fascinating for me to see how a painting develops, so this is where I post my painting progressions and exciting new things I find on creative blogs and websites. I hope you will learn along with me about painting, drawing and all kinds of art.


Kongakut River - Headwater Tussocks

I think I am finished with this one. I signed it, so it must be finished.
Also, please notice I have revealed the location!

Here is the progression.

23.5 inches square. Black gesso. 
Under-sketch was in white pastel...then, although I didn't get a photo, 
I did an alcohol wash over the pastel to set it.
 (I still am not quite sure I need to do that step, 
since the pastel is less fugitive than charcoal)


Since I only put one coat of black gesso on, 
this is what happened when I put the first layer of paint down:

Can you see those even vertical stripes? Not sure why but I think it is because of grain in the surface of the birch plywood.

So ... I pretty much covered it up with paint and it will be fine.

But! for the next paintings, I will use at least two coats of gesso.

Here are the final stages:

Headwaters (Tussocks)    23.5 x 23.5 inches   oil on cradled birch panel

Thanks for following along. Much more to come.

Oh, and just to let you know, my husband,
 Matt, is making my cradled birch panel supports for these paintings;
 they are 1.5 inches deep.

They are beautiful, and so light! Thank you, honey!

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