252: Landscape Painting, 4 of 4

IN this final installment I demonstrate how I make final adjustments to a painting.  In this phase my primary objective it to remove any dots, dashes, lines, or tangents that create compositional elements contrary to my original objective. To accomplish this I need to slow down and carefully analyze the painting.

In order to see the painting with fresh eyes I step away from the canvas to get a distant, less detailed view. I might also take a photo. Viewing it on my phone allows me to see it in a new light. I might also dim the lights to get an altered take of the value shifts in the painting. Of course I use my reduction lens as well as a prism to invert the image (you can also use a mirror).

Lastly I might turn the painting upside down and peer at it for a while. If I still feel I’m not seeing the painting with a fresh perspective I turn the painting to the wall and let it sit for a few days. If I feel the need to keep the paint wet I will place it in my freezer (that is dedicated to preserving paint–don’t keep paint in a freezer you are also using for food). The freezer will slow the drying time of the thick paint making it possible to paint into wet paint several days later.

This video is the shortest of the four because most of the work is simply a series of decisions with lots of time for reflection.

Brad Teare –September 2015

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