Thursday, April 07, 2011

The beginning ...

I think a lot of you know the kind subjects I want to paint.  I'm mostly interested in sea and landscapes.  I am very interested in my surroundings of  boats, saltwater, sea life, and birds of the pacific northwest.  Knowing this you won't be too surprised to see the first subject to be painted on my freshly gessoed supports will be a boat.  This reference for this painting was a boat I saw in a 'bone yard',  slang for an area where old or discarded boats etc. are collected before being disposed of.

Above I was playing around with some thumbnails.  Just getting the hang of seeing the boat and the  drawing in the square format.  I decided it was ok and plunged forward.

I was really happy with the warm underpainting I chose for one of my 10 minute Apple exercise
 a few posts earlier and I wanted to try that again.  I chose this bright yellowish gold.  Next I
 used drew a grid and my drawing on the support with a ball point pen.  I don't think I would
ever have thought of using a ball point pen but I had read on Terry Miura's
March 18th blog post that he had used it andI am up for experimenting to see just
what I like and don't like when it comes to any part ofmy new oil painting journey.

I think I'm off to a great start.


  1. ..I haven't heard of ball point pen ..but I've heard of black marker. Well, I guess any implement is ok! looking good Nancy...I'll be watching for the next phase. :)

  2. I read Terry's post. Have never used ball point, but it seems to work for both of you. Value studies and sketches always help!

  3. Anonymous5:03 AM

    It's fine to make previous sketches before starting. Now I am waiting for the finished painting :o)

    P.S Have a good trip Nancy. Enjoy !

  4. Hi Nancy, I'm catching up on what you have been doing! I love square formats and the fact that you made the under painting a golden color. It should be a very rich painting when you are done. And I learned something about using ball point pen.