Progress on One of Those Largish Paintings

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Mineral King, Oil Paintings | 5 Comments

This is the classic Mineral King view of Farewell Gap with the Crowley cabin, step by step. The bottom photo isn’t finished yet. What remains are the exacting details, the part that I enjoy the most about oil painting. I am drawing with my brush at that stage, and you may remember that I love to draw.

I don’t know how many hours. It would probably sicken me and horrify you. . . either you’d think, “Poor Schlub hardly earns anything for these paintings”, or you might think, “Dang! Easy money!”

Ignorance is bliss.

5 Comments

  1. Gina Johnson
    January 9, 2018

    You should start teaching oil painting! I love your technique. Gina

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    • cabinart
      January 9, 2018

      Gina, maybe you’d like to join one of those secret oil painting workshops that I do in December!

      Reply
  2. Sharon Devol
    January 9, 2018

    “None of the above.”

    My first thought was, “Wow, she really captured the image of the water flowing over the rocks in the river!” So there! 😉

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    • cabinart
      January 9, 2018

      Really, Sharon?? Aw shucks, thank you! Since posting this, I have dabbed at the painting further, adding detail, subtly enhancing some light and color, and I still don’t think it is the best it can be.

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      • Sharon Devol
        January 9, 2018

        And you never will. It’s like composers–their musical composition is never done. “Maybe I should change this chord here. Or the melody line should go up instead of down. What if I gave the flute that obbligato instead of the oboe?”

        A wise musician friend once said his teacher admonished, “Go with your first instinct. It’s usually the best choice.”

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