Monday, January 3, 2011


18 x 24
oil on hardboard

scraping off yellow ochre and some of the water

Although there was much that I liked about my first attempt at painting my refuge in oil, some of it went awry. I couldn't make the land masses read the way I wanted them to, as the bleached, dry grasses of winter. Yellow ochre became the opaque culprit for a flat look and I didn't like or intend.

The paint was thick and I was able to scrape it down. I applied M. Graham's Walnut Galkyd Oil to the entire painting and then repainted the areas I thought were weak. I like it's unapologetic boldness.

Now, back to the studio for more mixing practice.


Celeste Bergin said...

Bravo, Kvan....the land mass now looks rich and warm..a super nice contrast to the cold water. --I like the boldness too!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Thanks, Celeste. There's a big Celeste-X on the back of this painting!

roxanne said...

I do like the way you've handled this the second time around.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...


Suzanne said...

Wow! After your repainting I see the feeling of depth and ariel perspective that was somewhat missing before when that even toned Ochre seemed to dominate.
What an adventure with your new oils!