In August I did a painting demonstration at my gallery in Rhinebeck, Albert Shahinian Fine Art. I am accustomed to doing these for my students, but a gallery setting posed different challenges.
Since I do not paint a piece in one sitting, I had to plan carefully to give an idea of the entire process. I paint over a dark ground, building up a silky, glowing surface with semi-transparent layers that need to dry in between.
For the demo, I brought in three pieces to work on. The first, Night Drive, had only one layer. The second and third, Iconic Cloud and High Peaks, were nearly finished, but needed some last work on the clouds to achieve the glow that I am after.
Photography by Mark Loete.
The finished "Night Drive", 16"X20".
I am not absolutely methodical with my palette, but I do like to mix it ahead of time with a number of subtle color options so that I can apply the first layer without stopping frequently to mix. Here, small amounts of color for a smallish painting.