Thursday, March 12, 2009
Hello friends! Thanks for checking out my latest abstract landscape painting, "Splendor". I wanted lots of texture in this one, so I used a thick acrylic underpainting with browns and reds, and then piled lots of oil paint on top. Where I wanted the red acrylic underpainting to show through, I scraped the oil paint off with a palette knife; you can see hints of that throughout the painting. (You can click on it for a larger image.)
I also wanted a nice deep yellow glow. To get the right color, I mixed yellow paint with it's complement, purple, and then added a little red and white. Sounds like a strange combination but it did what I wanted it to!
Some lines from a Walt Whitman poem are etched into the paint on the lower right side - "Splendor of ended day, floating and filling me". That's where this painting gets its title.