Thursday, November 6, 2008

Church's technique

Frederick Church - Coast Of Mount Desert

This unfinished oil painting shows Church's technique: a salmon pink underpainting unifies the image and adds warmth to the sky, gives vibrancy to the green areas through complementary colour. The fine detail of the drawing is visible. Church has painted area by area, rather than doing what many teachers advise: covering the whole canvas with rough massing first, adding detail later.

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