I very nearly called this painting “Castle Rock”, since it almost seemed to describe a Medieval fortress. The brick especially helped with that impression, since castles are often built on rock outcroppings.
In the end, though, I was a little more drawn to the idea of the objects huddling together – for warmth? Safety? To be seen together?
Even so, I still like the castle idea. Maybe for a future painting.
The Technical Side
“Huddle” was done entirely from life (without use of photography). It is painted with oil on linen, which is mounted to a hardboard panel. The dimensions are 10×8 inches (25×20 cm). I worked with a straight-forward grisaille (black and white) underpainting. This was followed by a mixture of opaque paints and glazes on top of the underpainting.
This month I have some extra family-related obligations, so I haven’t had time to produce the blog posts I’ve been writing. Instead, I’d like to offer the following simple in-progress shots, showing the first steps of this painting.
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