Westland Gallery: 2017 Square Foot Show, July 12-August 11.
I have never painted in this format before and it was a challenge finding subjects that appear well in a square. Compositions with one main object seem to work best (rose, seagull) whereas landscape that are intended to lead an eye to a destination are not as effective. There just isn’t much room to lead the eye.
Here are some specific notes on my three paintings:
1. “Red Baron”, oil on panel. For this painting, I drew the rose and leaves in dry brush, and then I created a grisaille version in neutral greys to figure out the range of values I needed within the petals themselves. Painting the colour on top was then quite easy.
2. “Seagull”, oil on panel. This subject was perfect for a square foot painting. The light passing through the wings was the primary attraction for me.
3. “Blue Country Road”, oil on linen. I was drawn to this scene by the reflections of the sun on the small lines of ice on the road.