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Whew! Finished just in time. I am determined to learn better time management; this last minute stuff is for the birds! Each month Bill Guffey, who started Virtual Paintout (HERE)
picks a new destination somewhere in the world, and we all "go" there via Google Street View, and pick out our own spot as the inspiration for a new painting.
My first one for Dec 2012 was in Slovakia, titled "Moonlight Prowl" (HERE).
This month Vevie (rhymes with Stevie) and I went to the Isle of Man, which is in the Irish Sea between Ireland and the United Kingdom. Oh, it was sooo beautiful! I have Irish ancestry, and it was so much fun to "wander" the island, wondering if my distant kin might have explored those same fields and hills.
Vevie, my Virtual Paintout muse:
Next is a close-up detail of the painting. The "making of" pics will follow, though there aren't too many. I was so caught up in the painting of it that I kept forgetting to take photos!
Here's the original location that I picked for my inspiration, near Cregneash, Isle of Man:
I ran it through Photoshop to play around and try out ideas, and this is the mock-up Vevie and I liked best:
And now the WIP pics (work in progress pics).
This time I'm painting on 9 x 12 wrapped canvas; as usual, acrylics. I already lightly textured the canvas with gesso; let it dry, and sealed that with medium so it wouldn't be quite so absorbent and suck the moisture out of the paints, causing them to dry too rapidly.
I painted over the light graphite lines with Paynes Grey; then started the underpainting with Indian Yellow. Instead of painting the edges a solid color, I thought I'd have fun and extend the picture around to all four sides:
Adding in some Quin Magenta underpainting:
And finally some Prussian Blue:
Added back some whites where I wanted to keep the lightest lights; darkened Vevie:
The top half of the block-in phase is done here. I started with the farthest away, and am working forward:
Block-in is finished; started the fantasy clouds; here you can peek at the side:
Final layers added; glazes, adjustments, highlights and sparkles:
And it's all finished, Moonlight Rendezvous:
So there you have it, the ancient, historical and magical Isle of Man! I can't wait to find out where we are going next. And this is an open event... anyone of any skill level in almost any medium is welcome to participate. Like crayons, or colored pencils?? Join us! Visit the blog for all the details, HERE.
All the wonderful and varied paintings from the Isle of Man may be seen on the Virtual Paintout blog, HERE.
And, what's the deal with making all of these "moon" paintings?? Well, since this is too long already, with next month's painting I'll talk about why I am transforming the daylight locations into moonlit paintings... what the symbolism is to me.
Happy virtual traveling,