Over the Bay 16X16 Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas, Painted on the sides
This is one of three tree paintings that may be going to Texas.
I started with a canvas that I treated with Gesso tinted with acrylic paint, as below. I drew a brief outline freehand with vine charcoal that you see photographed below.
Part of the original painting that started this commission is on the left. I like the image of the tree that you see on the right better. I thought it had more character.
The colors that I used to paint the canvas are on the aluminum foil which I use as my palette. It is a neutral grey, easy to clean or fold over and use the other side and when I am finished the clean up is very simple. Yes, it may waste paint but I don't want to spend hours cleaning.
This is the outline and design after my first go around. I got to this stage and left it to dry for a few days before finishing the image at the very top. In the final go around I used thick paint and two different sized palette knives. One for small detail areas and a larger one for the rocks and large branches. Most of the paint in the branch area was mixed randomly on the canvas.