Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Painting a Nocturne

Painting "Liquors" - 16 x 12", acrylic on panel.....

I have wanted to try a nocturne for a while. The glow of the neon in the Liquors sign at Crispys in Beverly, MA drew my attention as I drove home after dropping off some art and decided I was up for the challenge!

I sketch the composition out first in pencil, and then in ultramarine blue paint.

Sometimes my first pass is flat local color. Other times, especially when I feel that value is going to play a big part in the final piece, I do more of a value study - which I can then layer the color on top.

Starting first layers of color

A few more layers.....

And then the finished piece:

"Liquors" will be avaiable at this weekend's Essex County Greenbelt Association's Art in the Barn, 82 Eastern Ave., Essex, MA

Friday, June 7th: 10am - 3pm
Friday, June 7th - Public Reception: 5 - 8:30 pm.
    Live music, food trucks, beer & wine
Saturday, June 8th: 10am - 5pm
    Live music, kids' activities
Sunday, June 9th: 10am - 5pm