Monday, July 22, 2013

Go Big or Go Home

So......... It's the absolute wrong time of the year in my life right now to try to do something different, out of the box, scary, time-sucking, but this is the time that I chose to try working on larger canvases for my paintings.  My forum turned out to be an online class called "FUNKY LITTLE CITYSCAPES" by Jodi Ohl.  Jodi embraces a whimsical style in the same vein as my own so when I saw this class advertised, I knew it was meant to be.  I think everyone in the class is having a fantastic time.  Some are even on their second or third paintings and it's only been a little over a week that the class has been in session.  That's a testament to a good class.  I took a few pictures along the way to show you some of the different layers that went into this painting.  I won't do an in-depth tutorial, but  will post the pictures so you can get an idea how much underpainting went into it to get the visual texture in the finished painting.  My inspiration was Italy and the cities that are built into the mountainsides so I chose a Tuscan palette and stuck fairly to it. We were given the option to spot underpaint our canvases so I chose to do black before I added some "noise" with crayon.

I then chose my palette, portrait composition, and painted the background with a combination of palette knife and credit card. Some white paint was added to create some interest throughout the background. I chose some of my favorite Stencil Girl stencils to help with that interest.
The next layers included sketching out the house arrangement and layering on several layers of color.
More layers of paint were added before the detailing begins, first with paint on the houses, and then with India Ink and nibs.

The final touches included some shadowing, gold metallic and black noise,  and  detailing with white Krylon Paint Pen.
"Tuscan Interlude" 12" x 30"


KYCrafter said...

Wow!! That's exciting!! Cannot believe that looking at the first photo it came out looking like the finished product. Amazing!! Great work as usual!!

ncurryartiste said...

Thanks so much. It was so fun to do and a little different with the layers than my other house paintings.

Take care and STAY POSITIVE! Trena said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing. I pinned this on Pinterest as a very cool art technique! :o)

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

ncurryartiste said...

Thanks so much for the plug!!!!! I'm glad you found it interesting!