This week’s painting is entitled “Safe Haven”. As is sometimes the case, I didn’t begin it with a story in mind. Rather, I just set to work making the composition that I wanted, and let the story unfold in the background of my imagination. If I get out of the way and let it, the painting often tells it’s own story.
As I worked, it became clear that the lime was sheltered and guarded by the items around it. The world is a troubled place, and I think everybody at one time or anther yearns for calm, simplicity, and security. That longing – and the feeling of protection – is what this painting wanted to tell me.
The Technical Side
“Safe Haven” was done entirely from life (without use of photography). It is painted with oil on linen, which is mounted to a hardboard panel. I’ve been working with a lot of square and horizontal compositions lately, so for this one I wanted to have an arrangement that was strongly vertical. Using up vertical space in a still life is often a challenge, so lately I’ve simply been stacking things on top of each other.
During the week, I wrote several blog posts about the process. The image I worked with was drawn onto the panel using the grid transfer method. This was followed by a grisaille underpainting, which is just a first pass done entirely in black and white.
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