Thursday, September 13, 2012

Autumn in Augusta

I tried something new on this painting.  I first sketched out my composition, then applied molding paste with a palette knife to add texture to the trees and grasses on my panel.  I had to hold this in front of my car heater to speed the drying, so I could quickly get to the next step.  Working in plein air allows me about a 2 hour window before the light changes, making this step necessary.  I next painted in my masses in acrylic, which dries quickly.  Then, I painted over the underpainting with my oils.  I love the effect - and trying a new technique is always exciting!  This piece will be at the Harvest Festival in Augusta this weekend.

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