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Saturday, August 1, 2009

New Amsterdam Study

While the Fire Starter painting is thoroughly drying I wanted to work up another painting for a second study of a landscape near modern Amsterdam. Actually, the Fire Starter is drying fairly fast, but I definitely want it completely dry before finishing it with the sepia glaze.

I drew the Amsterdam landscape from a photo I found in a travel brochure. However, any resemblance between my drawing and the actual location in Amsterdam is coincidental.

For this study, I selected a Fredrix(c) Archival Watercolor Canvas Board for the finished painting. The size of the board is 11" X 14". As with my previous study, I transferred my drawing to the board and then prepared it by applying an acrylic under painting of both warm and cool colors. This under painting included not only large areas, such as the sky and water, but also objects, such as buildings, boats, automobiles, etc.

Once this stage dried I began working immediately using Winsor & Newton water mixable oil paint, called Artisan. Most of the work you see in the attached photo was completed in a couple of days (allowing for some drying in between applications). As with my earlier study, I also added a mixture of Artisan fast drying medium with a little Artisan
painting medium to the paint before applying it to the painting to provide a smoother brush strokes and faster drying time.

My plan is to also start a third study for the same purpose of testing the antiquing process that calls for adding a final glaze of water-soluble oil sepia to darken the finished study. Once I have completed these three studies I will then complete a painting of the Old Stone House using water soluble oil and a similar Antiquing technique.

For background about this project, see my earlier Blog Post "The Old Stone House," dated June 7, 2009.