Working on this double square, the Long Tempest (above), was a breeze after spending two weeks painting the rock and tree fest that is the Dispatch From the Radiant Dusk. This picture began as an experiment to paint with significantly looser brushwork (the sky), an uncharacteristic palette, and high impasto. Definitely one of my darker pictures in addition to being one of the stranger ones. Detail and thumbnail sketch below.
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Long Tempest (detail), Oil on Panel, 12 x 24 in., 2018
I have, historically, done my best to smooth out my paint surfaces. While some of that is present in the Long Tempest there are much rougher brushstrokes throughout. You can see how robust the glowing oranges, yellows, and reds are in this detail, thicker than even the stones.
Thumbnail Sketch for the Long Tempest, Ink on Paper, 1.5 x 3 in., 2018
Because this picture contains no hard geometry I only needed to make a little thumbnail for prep work, above. Another tiny pitt pen drawing in my current sketchbook. In retrospect It bears a strong resemblance to the Milwaukee Art Museum's picture by Thomas Cole.
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