by Judith F Lochbrunner
acrylic on painted paper
6 x 6 inches
A very odd title for a painting which needs some explanation. This work began as an unsuccessful plein air painting from this past November. I had chosen a location that included a path that came off to the left from the main trail. A simple problem to paint or so it seemed.
I went home frustrated and began reading plein air articles and books. And so the idea for this challenge seemed clear. Paint 30 landscape paintings that each present a challenge. Each challenge is to help me practice all types of landscape "problems". I sometimes think that painting is simply another form of problem-solving.
This work is an exercise and it is the start of a series on paths and roads. I love this style of abstracted landscape and this exercise should hopefully make my future ones better.
This gessoed paper is covered with acrylic paint.
As an added bonus today I have a photo of how I do underpaintings. I simply do not like starting on a white background. So when I am painting I will have a piece of paper or small canvas by the palette. I wipe the excess paint off my brush onto the paper or canvas to clean it before dipping it in the water. They are then stacked on the shelf and when I have a painting in mind I choose one that seems to have the appropriate colors.
You could say it is an efficient way to do an underpainting. Or you could say it is a cheap way to do an underpainting. Or you could even say it is a more environmentally-friendly way to dispose of excess paint. Maybe it is all three?
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