I’ve been working to improve my paintings, refining and altering my technique in order to produce higher quality art for the high quality collectors who enjoy my work, and to attract new collectors.
I often start the painting by covering the canvas with an under-painting of bright color. This sets the tone and temperature of the piece. Often this under-painting shows through to the final piece, giving it a glow and atmosphere.
I then block in the elements of the scene, working out the overall composition.
Once I’m satisfied with how the color and compositional elements are working, I start developing the light and dark areas. I pull out the bright spots, and create shape and depth by darkening shadow areas. This push-pull continues until the painting represents the best highlight and shadow combination to convey the depth and weight. A bit of detailing on foreground completes the landscape painting.
To read more about the production of a painting, go here: https://johnfrenchoilpaintings.com/2018/04/29/upcoming-painting-ghost-ranch/
About the Materials:
I use Windsor & Newton brand and Grumbacher Pretested oil paints. I paint on different brands of gallery wrapped canvases. In general, the more money I spend on a canvas, the better quality a painting starts with. That means better art for you.
June 24 to June 29, 2018: Marquette Art Week http://www.marquette365.com/event/2018-city-of-marquette-art-week/ June 28, 2018: Marquette Art Stroll http://www.marquette365.com/event/4th-annual-art-stroll/ June 30, 2018: Fresh Coast Plein Air Festival http://www.marquette365.com/event/2018-fresh-coast-plein-aire-painting-the-landscape/