Pink-toned Sunrise – 7 Jan 2011

Sunrise sketch - 7 Jan 2011 - Eileen Eilis MoreyThis morning’s sunrise began with colors almost identical to the second of Monday’s two sunrise paintings.

I’m working with broader strokes and thicker paint now, and I’m pleased with the results.

For me, the beauty of the landscape has always been in the skies, but also in the untouched aspects of Nature.

The tricky part is getting past pre-conceived ideas of what the colors should be. Trees aren’t always green.  Snow is rarely pure white.  And so on.

painting detailI’m still working on that.

I’m also working on color-correcting the photos of my paintings.  This is close to how the actual painting looks, but the blue-purple band near the horizon isn’t as dark as it looks in the photo.

At right, that image represents a one-inch section of the canvas, to show you the brush strokes in the work, and some of the nuances of color.

In my current work, I’m focusing on three areas:

  • More intense colors.
  • Greater contrast.
  • More expressive brush strokes.

I feel as if I’m making tremendous progress in more vivid, emotionally rich paintings.

This original painting is 9″ x 12″ on canvasboard.  (That’s canvas stretched over a heavy cardboard backing.)

The medium is water-mixable oils over a cadmium red underpainting.

Water-mixable (and water-soluble) oils are based on the paints used by the “old masters.”  Instead of an oil base of linseed oil or other water-resistant oil, these paints return to the traditional oil bases of poppyseed oil, sunflower oil, and so on.

The pigment is the same, no matter what the oil base.  The difference is how “green” the cleanup is.

The paints I’m using can be diluted with water, and clean up with soap and water.  (I use an organic, non-polluting soap from Maine.)

So, this kind of paint is safer for the environment.

Once dry, my paintings are as permanent and archival as their linseed oil based counterparts.

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