Saturday, November 8, 2008

Winter Shadows--American Abstract Figurative Oil Painting

Pouring rain for three days and finally the clouds parted. Although created from a photo that Karin Jurick was kind enough to share, this 8x10 inch oil painting reminds me of the recent weather here in the Pacific Northwest. With a break in the rain we often see long shadows such as these. The long abstract shapes were very fun to paint. It is easy to imagine myself with this trio of winter shoppers as they cross the street in search of a sale. To create this painting, I used a limited palette of Perylene Red, Ultramarine Blue, Titainium White, and just a smidge of Cadmium Yellow Light. The limited color range, the dark outline of the women and their shadows made this feel like a value study. Although this paintng is just 8x10 inches, I'm contemplating the pleasure it might bring to paint this in a much larger size--possibly 24x30 or thereabouts. What do you think?
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4 comments:

Femin Susan said...

How do you draw such excellent paintings

Nancy Merkle said...

Thank you for the kind words.

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

I really like this piece. I would not have guessed you used such a limited palette. I can feel the day.

Nancy Merkle said...

Thanks Robin. I've been working with a limited palette quite a bit lately and am finding it very satisfying.