I started this new painting a few days ago. It's oil on marine ply which is a hardy good quality board. I gave it 2 coats of the best quality acrylic primer, sealer & undercoat.
I recently was in Camberwell for a job and was walking down Burke Road near the hardware store. I passed a tree which I really took a fancy to. When I say tree, it was really just the trunk which attracted my attention. It looked so abstract and I liked its color scheme. Pale yellows and greyish tints. I stopped immediately and took a photo of it on my IPhone. I often do this but rarely end up using them for paintings down the track. But this time I felt somehow compelled to use it as inspiration. I think it's the grey color which I'm interested in as I've started to use it recently.
So I've started with 2 tree trunks. One is very straight and the other is leaning away. The background has trees in the distance. The foreground is divided into two parts. Not sure if I want it to represent a road or a river at this stage.
The base color all over is Burnt Umber. I'm planning to mix colors with browns and grey (mixed from Ivory Black and Zinc White). In the middle ground I'm considering having a line of figures standing around.
I haven't finished the previous new landscape painting but it is time now to let it rest and for me to just stare at it a bit more before I set to work on it again. It's a good idea to work on a new picture and that process helps to review the previous picture and if something is lacking. The process is like taking a leap forward and taking the new information and lessons learnt back and reinvigorating the previous painting. Sounds weird I know, but there is a method to the madness so to speak. I only hope I'm explaining it okay for those reading this to understand.
Anyway, I'm happy with the start I've made and can't wait to work on the sky. I'm thinking something darkish in color.
Artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Paintings, works on paper. Mostly creates monotypes and monoprints