Well, Joel and Victoria loved their painting. It’s awesome when I pull it off, you just never know what somebody is going to like or dislike. As an artist, you have to go with the flow and give the people that hire you the final word, after all, it is their painting. (I’m talking about a painting I just done for another client 11/2014)
So, here we go again. A friend of mine was looking at my website and noticed a painting he really liked. He came over and we started talking about the painting he saw, he was talking about a little painting I did a few months a go. I ended up with this little painting from a garage sale. It had this awful painting on it, so I sanded it down and did a whole new painting on top of it. The painting I did was a black and white ocean in the middle of night with a moon and stars. The painting was really small, so Johnny asked if I could do another one but this time make it 4ft long and close to 3ft tall. It’s a cool painting, it’s kind of like you’re floating in the ocean and you can see the moon and stars above you.
After priming the canvas, I stopped and thought, I sure would like to have some motion in the water. Hmmm, I wander how I can create that some movement, after thinking about it I remembered that I had some dry paint in a tray. I’m bad about using a roller tray for a paint board, so there was a bunch of different color paint in a tray that was all dry. I filled it up with water and let it set for a few days. After the paint sets in the water for so long it starts to separate from the tray. So, I had this huge sheet of dry paint here’s a pic
What I did was cut the sheet into little strips of paint like this
Then I glued the pieces on to the canvas, I didn’t want to see the straight lines where I cut the paint with the scissors, so I used a special concoction I came up with to cover over those lines. This is what it looks like
After all the texture dried I started painting the water a black color mixed with a dark blue color. Plus, I wanted to create a one of a kind night color, I mixed a metallic blue and some flat black, this gives the night color this special kind of shine that black alone can’t give you.
I continued to add the black and dark blue color to the water trying to leave the areas where I’m going to add the white color (reflection from the moon), alone.
Adding the texture below the water really turned this painting into a piece of art, instead of it just being a flat, looking painting. When you look at the lower left corner of the painting where the reflection stops, it looks like the water is still moving. Like this
Now, the moon is a whole another story, and, you only have so many chances to get it right or you have to start all over again because the paint builds up all around the circle of the moon and it looks fake at that point. Let me tell you, there’s nothing easy about creating a moon, believe me, its not that easy. It’s always hard when try to paint something the good lord created. Here’s the finished painting, I’ll put a better pic it on here next week.
Thanks for hiring to do this painting for you Johnny, I hope you like it as much as I do.