The color layer has taken ages to dry between layers..I began using liquin in the last few passes of color & it's been better..Not sure how detailed I want to go with the dogs & riders..this is the color layer's progress:


enough to paint!!!

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Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on September 5, 2013 at 13:47

Yeah, let's see if I can do it justice with my painting.   I finished my underpainting and it is drying.   I used Gamblin's Fastmatte colors--they will be dry in 24 hours.   My underpainting is all in color; the Fastmatte paints are very pigment laden and dry quite matte.  I add a little OMS and a little Galkyd lite to make them flow a little better.  I think I will post a blog on my methods as you did; I am taking photos as I go.   I took the photo about 6 months ago.  I keep my point and shoot camera in my car to take advantage of photo opportunities like this.   What I did not tell you is in about a minute I am on the lower deck of an 8 mile bridge; so this is my view for the day of the sunrise.  Pretty nice way to start out my commute.   Coming home I am on the top deck and often catch a terrific sunset.  I usually can safely snap some photos since my traffic is light both ways.   The winter is our rainy season and cloud formations like this are quite usual.   Keep working on those dogs!   Stu

Comment by Lori Ippolito on September 5, 2013 at 12:00
BTW.. What a nice view on the way to work!!!
Comment by Lori Ippolito on September 5, 2013 at 11:59
Hope you had a good day!! No painting here yet!!! Busywork ... Ugh!!! Later I'm sure I'll get some time at the easel:)
Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on September 5, 2013 at 4:42

No, but I don't have any surgeries and no patients until 11:00 AM.  So, I finished up my grisaille for the next workshop, and started on a sunup painting; I shot the photo reference out my windshield.  That's the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and my commute is to the East Bay.  I'm attaching the photo reference.  I liked the shapes and the blurred headlights and taillights.  As you can see, I have a reverse commute from Marin across to the East Bay.  I will keep this pretty loose.  Have a great painting day and don't sweat those dogs.  I use Galkyd lite routinely in all my layers and I usually use Gamblin's quidk dry white (alkyd modified oil).  I can't stand waiting for paint to dry.  For 30 years, I painted only in acrylics, but got back to oils about 13 years ago.  Stu

Comment by Lori Ippolito on September 5, 2013 at 4:28
Are you off today? I am & planned to get a lot of painting in..haven't gotten off this darn computer yet!!!
Comment by Lori Ippolito on September 5, 2013 at 4:27
Lol..explains our choices in professions!!! Don't want to miss those details!!! Lol...this painting is supposed to be relaxing!!! I will follow your suggestions.. Treat the dogs as a mass...I pulled the left grass was veering left but I thought the eye would be pulled put of the photo...need work at composition!!!! Now that I look at it, maybe the left grasses should go off the page at left to create more of a 'v ' shape..I think that might work..just not sure I can cover the grass with road without too much of a mess.
Which shapes do you refer to..the tree limb..1,2,3 zig zag?
Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on September 5, 2013 at 4:20

Lori, I know you want this very realistic, but your really need to treat your dogs like they are a single mass ( or several masses) and pick out several for details; you may want to fill in between the left and center masses with some dogs, just to draw attention away from them.  If your front dogs look ok, the viewer will fill in the details on the rest.   Stand back from your painting several feet and take a look.   Kind of the same as painting the forest vs. the individual trees.  What grabs my eye right now are very straight path sides and lack of atmospheric perspective in the trees and cloned shapes above the left riders head.  This is a very nice composition and will really look good when finished.   I thought that I was obsessed with detail.  Wow!  Stu 

Comment by Lori Ippolito on September 5, 2013 at 3:31
Many thanks Stu!! I'm stressing over the dogs..they look like stuffed animals to me!!! I've taken a lit of the original energy away by cutting out so many of the dogs & I'm thinking the ones I chose to include may not be doing it! I do like the one to the right, the two in front of horses & the first two in the for the others, not so much! I'm exhibitin my work (only the local library!!) in October & wanted this piece finished..that's why the liquin! Not sure if it'll happen! Slow paint & too much typing!!!
Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on September 4, 2013 at 21:57
Terrific, Lori. Stu


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