Saturday, May 30, 2015

Seascape Sketches

The following are some of the materials I have been gathering for a pair of studio commissions.

The idea is a seascape diptych that would be hung in a specific space in the patrons home, and these drawings are part of working out the compositional concept. How the eye would travel from one panel to the next and how each individual painting will stand on its own have been the concerns.

I want to have a clear concept of the the elements in each panel. Where the sky planes are and the atmospheric perspective. What is in the foreground and middle ground, and still understand the whole. The best way for me to do that is to work out a series of thumbnails and sketches. Gathering as much reference material as possible.

Not only am I working out the technical aspects, but also the mood, emotion and harmony of the paintings. Exactly what I am trying to “say” with these two paintings.

Graphite and white gouache on toned paper. 5.5 x 8.5 inches

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