Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Translucent Color

Journey II
Oil on Canvas

This painting is loosely based on one of my previous paintings Journey that I painted two years ago.  I'm beginning my experiments with using translucent color and thought I would use this composition as a model.  Using translucent color is a new thing for me since it requires the building up of layers.  Each layer changes the next and I feel that there will be much experimentation with this new process.

I first became interested in using translucent color when I read a book by Albert Handell years ago when I was doing pastels.  Albert Handell is a master at painting pastels and oils.  The reason I was reading his books was to further my study in the area of pastel landscapes.  But his oils caught my attention.  They seemed to glow.  I believe it was from viewing his oil paintings that I decided to teach myself how to do oil paintings.  I've been doing oil paintings now for five years and feel I'm at the point where I want to put the time into further experimentation of this technique.  

With anything new, it takes me a while to accomplish my goals.  It seems I'm forever learning and probably will never stop.  In the meantime, I'll be posting what I learn along the way.


Karen said...

This one does glow! I'm very interested to see your learning process as you post it...then we all learn, too. I'm always amazed at how much there is. It's like you open a new door, say, translucency, and there you go, off into this world you never knew existed.

I really look forward to reading about what you find! It's such a different approach to my current way of working.

Kathleen said...

This just glows! Beautiful!

Joan Breckwoldt said...

This painting does glow! Seems you know a lot about painting with layers already because this painting is beautiful. I like the way it glows, and painting with layers is new for you, but it still very much looks like your painting.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Karen, Yes, there is SO much to learn, isn't there? I'm trying to narrowly focus in on the translucent process right now and that's so different from what I'm used to. I enjoyed your focused paintings on values and reflective objects. Thanks!

Hi Kathleen, Thank you very much and thanks for stopping by!

Hi Joan, I'm glad that it still looks like my style of painting. That's important to me. Thank you!

Loriann Signori said...

Janelle, Beautiful golden painting. I can really feel the light in this one. The color harmonies you have created are stunning!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Loriann, Thanks so much. I feel this is a whole new way of painting for me. So much more to explore.

FCP said...

These do indeed have a wonderful glowing, translucent quality.
Well done--thanks for sharing,

jeannette stgermain said...

love your brush stroke in this painting, and the golden light - glad I found you!