Hometalk with SKIt's not every day you are invited to participate in an amazing competition such as this event featured by Hometalk.
Ideas and thoughts teem. My first drawings were rough and quickly put on paper.
Composition, balance, color. Where in the world does one start?
With a soft lead I sketched several compositions. Good composition has it's own little world, which is a class of it's own. As a young painter, I didn't have the skills to know good composition from "no" composition.
As my skills developed, composition and color balance became fascinating.
A few inspirations roaming the web. I love the old, the rusty character of old farm equipment I grew up with.
My canvas is a primed surface of 38"x18" without the frame. I primed the canvas with a deep teal. My backgrounds were then "washed" in with a large 2" soft bristle brush.
When starting a new work, I begin at the farthest point. i.e. sky, clouds etc. Working toward the foreground. Adding distance and atmosphere.
As the background was complete, I use a pallet knife to "knife" deep textured paint details.
Working back and forth from background to foreground, I added and continued to bring the final colors to life with my knife.
With Modern Master Metal Effects Paint, I built and created a rusty metal frame. The gears were also painted with rust and copper patina paints from Modern Masters. They were then epoxied to the canvas and frame.
Hometalks teal blue logo is the basis for the front of building.
The painting had many pictures taken in different lighting. Each time it looked like a different painting.
Thanks to my friends for their support and photos.
Here's a quick outdoor photo session with photographer Jen Lanville
Again how placement and lighting creates a totally different work of art. Thank Jen. Your awesome.
Hometalk competition link. Thanks Hometalk for the opportunity