Tuesday, January 29, 2013

#27, #28 & #29 - Sky Studies

Yesterday I was away from my studio all day and didn't get a chance to paint.  So this morning when I was wondering what I would paint and could I possibly paint two in one day I thought today might be a good day to attempt a tryptic.

I've always wanted to do a tryptic, but, never gave it enough thought to even decide on a subject.

Definition: A triptych is a series of three paintings intended to be displayed together. Triptychs were often used as an altar-piece in a church. Traditionally two of the panels were attached to the central one by hinges and folded over it, to show two different paintings on the back.

I have wanted to experiment with painting skies and today was a perfect time to 
paint a couple of them. Three in fact.

#27 - Sky Study, 8" x 6" oil on panel, © 2013, Nancy Van Blaricom

The water doesn't look level in my photos but I think it was because I took the original photo where they were all side by side and just turned the camera instead of photogrphing each individually. 

#28 - Sky Study, 8" x 6" oil on panel, © 2013, Nancy Van Blaricom


All three panels were toned with yellow and allowed to dry I then painted the sky area all white. I wanted my sky to have some blue amongst the the clouds and started softly brushing some ultramarine blue in the middle of my white sky.


#29 - Sky Study, 8" x 6" oil on panel, © 2013, Nancy Van Blaricom

Some areas I painted more blue in and some areas less.  Some areas I went back over with a little  more white to create more definition to my clouds.



#27, #28, #29 - Tryptic Sky Studies, each panel 8" x 6" oil, © 2013, Nancy Van Blaricom

I was pretty happy with my experiment with not only cloudy skies, but with a tryptic. I think I might attempt this again with a more thought out land / seascape.

Since I wasn't able to paint yesterday I labeled these #27, #28, and #29, but, I will finish up the month with a painting a day ... its a challenge ya know.

4 comments:

  1. beautifully soft and serene looking. I like the way the mountains just wave your eye across the three canvases connecting them. Great idea and beautiful painting!

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  2. You are obviously up for the challenge! The triptych is sensitively done. Glad to hear that you're planning to do more sky/land/water landscapes in the future.

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  3. Triptych is a sound idea! The landscape looks ethereal too...

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