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Squid painting

cthulhu77

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Having had some nice emails and pm's, I thought it would be fun to show another piece from start to finish...this one will have a squid in it (I can see it now, but it will show up to all of you prior to the end)...
 

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Starting out with a piece of hardboard (masonite, smooth) I prime the surface with my own mix of gesso:


After coming up with the initial idea, I use a series of washes to lay down the beginnings of the backround colours:


inbetween layers of pigment thinned down with clear acrylic (this is called a glaze), I dry the paintings on a table with a 75 watt lamp...too hot and you will blister the surface ! (note the stranraer off to the side, drying also):
 

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Hi Greg,

I rather like the look of the piece on the left, the sunrise/sunset over mountains???.........Love those colours!


J
 

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After laying down 10 to 12 layers of Cadmium Yellow, I start to introduce the reds:


Here we are after 5 layers of red...a few more to go, then onto the next series of washes! I let each wash dry completely, about 10 minutes inbetween each:
 

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Sorry about my 24 hour hiatus...ate a rather bad jalapeno chili cheese dog yesterday morning, and spent quite a lot of time being sick...ah well, back to the painting!

I have added on 3 layers of blue glaze here, you can see that the areas that were previously yellow are now green, not from mixing the pigments, but by layering them ! (that is what imparts the glow):


After these coats have dried a bit, I go back into just the water area and add in more Ultramarine blue to deepen the colour:


Notice all the high tech equipment...I love pot pies, and save every aluminium dish as a mixing platform!!!
 

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and after that has dried for a while...I put in the moon and the beginnings of the little squid in flat white...:
 

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more white detailing is added, as well as the vibrant crimson colours to the moon and the squid...and look at the sky, it's full of stars! :


After the whites are laid down, I go over everything with at least three more coats of yellow glaze to soften things and make them glow a bit:
 

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