I was asked to do a painting that was to be given as a gift to a very special family law attorney. He is someone I happen to know personally as well and I can attest to what a special person he is. A friend of mine unfortunately had to use his services and wanted to thank him in a special way. This painting I am about to show you the progression of was the gift she gave him.
I started this painting with a burnt orange/ earth yellow otherwise known as yellow ochre as a base color. I wanted to give a warm under painting to an otherwise cool palette.
I start with a general sketch; in this case I used a burnt sienna because it’s darker than the yellow ochre. I usually use yellow ochre however because it blends well and or disappears when you come to the final strokes of the work.
My latest paintings I have been using more of my palette knife to lay color down than my brush but in this painting I used both. Once the sketch is in, I start with the sky traditionally because I want to be sure my painting doesn’t end up too dark. Where you start generally sets the tone for the key or lightness/darkness of the painting.
I lay color on top of color doing something called scumbeling where you are skipping color over another color showing the color underneath. This creates a vibration between the colors and therefore interest.
I continue doing this throughout the painting using my brush for subtle transitions on the hull of the boat and to create the mast lines.
I got a big hug from the attorney after he received this painting! : )