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Hello again painting fans.

This week I will be continuing with the three turreted Victorian house in Cape May, New Jersey.  I will be using my usual acrylic paints on a conventional 8x8 inch canvas.  The photo that I'm using is seen directly below.

When last seen, the painting appeared as it does in the photo directly below.

Since that time I have continued to work on the painting.

I've concentrated on the house itself for the most part.  I began by outlining the windows and various transitions in blue, also adding some to the roof.  Then I painted the siding in orange, bringing it down to the porch level.  At that point, the underpainting was finally done.  I started to paint some white over the orange in the central turret to see how things will look.  It will be interesting to see how things appear when there are a couple of layers on the orange.  But that is a subject best left for next week.

The current state of the painting is seen in the photo directly below.

I'll have more progress for you next week.  See you then.  

Earlier paintings in this series can be seen here.


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  •  Paint me... (11+ / 0-)

    ...a picture of your thoughts.

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 07:14:16 PM PDT

    •  Good morning! Waiting out thunderstorms... (7+ / 0-)

      this morning before heading up to Rochester to check out the Clothesline Art Festival. Weather promises to suck, with intermittent rain & high winds; I already feel sorry for all the artists presenting their work. But I'm working tomorrow, so it's today or never. Missed it last year because I was working.

      Your Victorian is coming along nicely; can't wait to see how it develops.

      I tried an experiment this week. I've really liked the look of some paintings done on copper panels, as the sheen of the copper glows through thinner layers of paint. I started by painting a canvas panel with metallic copper paint, and let it thoroughly dry. I used that as my underpainting. unfortunately it didn't work out very well for this painting; I ended up painting multiple layers to get the look and texture the subject needed, and this pretty much obscured all of the underpainting. Oh, well. Maybe it'll work for a different subject.

      I started by painting some patches of blue sky and a loose indication of trees & forest floor over the copper-painted background here:
      Autumn forest 1

      Next I added more color and texture in the trees against the sky, and some forest floor texture:
      Autumn forest 2

      Next I added lots more trees and forest details:
      Autumn forest 3

      Finally this morning I painted in warm sunlight on the trees in the foreground, and some dappled sunlight on the forest floor. Sadly none of the copper 'glow' really makes it through to the surface, but the light on the trees looks pretty good. Ignore the annoying reflections off the pine tree to the left; the paint was still wet :)
      Autumn forest 4

      •  Very cool! (2+ / 0-)
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        Ralphdog, hazey

        It does seem to have a radiance or a glow.   Perhaps it wasn't obliterated to the extent that you believed.   It appears that the sun is setting and casting its last strong rays into the grove.  

        I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

        by boran2 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 06:58:00 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks much. That was my goal. (2+ / 0-)
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          hazey, boran2

          The sunlight on the trees really worked well. On the forest floor, not so much. I'll be working on this tomorrow to see if I can get it to come alive.

          Every painting I try teaches me something, even if it's only what doesn't work.

      •  And have fun at the show! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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        Ralphdog, hazey

        I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

        by boran2 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 07:09:04 AM PDT

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  •  Finished as last (4+ / 0-)
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    boran2, Debby, slksfca, hazey

    Here's the completed raven walking stick.

    It was stained with golden oak which was then rubbed off to highlight the carving detail.
    The cap has a black worry stone placed in a socket which is then finished in plastic wood.  The cap was then painted with reddish brown acrylic.

    Whenever I finish a piece, there is a scramble to find the next project.  
    Not having something to work on is an uncomfortable feeling.  

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 06:46:35 AM PDT

    •  It looks great! (2+ / 0-)
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      crystal eyes, hazey

      Thanks for posting the finished piece!

      I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

      by boran2 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 06:59:44 AM PDT

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    •  Love the worry-stone bit. (3+ / 0-)
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      hazey, boran2, crystal eyes

      That's a nice touch. We're all pretty tactile creatures, and that kind of thing is addictive.

      Had a favorite pocket worry-stone for years; served me well when musing or ruminating. Unfortunately I dropped it over a friend's tile kitchen floor, and it shattered impressively. Sigh.

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