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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Maya: Sailing Off the Coast of Cape Cod


I finished my painting today.  My Big Bear was so happy.  It is the largest painting I have ever done, but I enjoyed putting it down on canvas.  It is 56 x 44.  I'm glad to get it finished.

I thought I would take you through my process...



It started with a large canvas that I stretched and gessoed myself.



Can you see this?  You can click it on for a larger view if you like.  I sketched out the painting in pencil and then sprayed it with some really nice hairspray.  It makes it smell good and it keeps the pencil sketch from smearing.  



Next, I put in some blues.



And some greens, all the while building the "underpainting."



I painted the sails yellow.  I did this so that when a light is shining on the painting, you will see just a hint of the yellow underpainting, hopefully giving it a feeling of sunshine showing through.



The painting is coming together, however, I'm not so sure I like the clouds on the left.  Ignore the white mark behind the boat - that is the sun shining through my studio window onto the canvas.



And here is the finished painting.  

"Maya: Sailing Off the Coast of Cape Cod" 56x44 Oil on Canvas.  You can click on the painting for a larger view.

If you are interested in this painting, you can contact me at [email protected]




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