Cambridge, United Kingdom
50.000 x 40.000 x 2.000 cm.
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Painting - Oil On Canvas
It is particularly cold today, and I like to watch this oil painting I finished last summer.
A splendid memory in this winter. You can almost hear the waves crashing in the sun.
I think I might almost use the image as a christmas postcard!
It is always a good experience to appreciate the product of your own efforts and work, and get lost in it.
This piece, for instance, is an oil painting on canvas done with the old "layer technique": it is a technique that probably almost nobody uses anymore, because of the excessive use of "alla prima" painting that simply means starting a painting and finishing it in just one session. The layer techique, to the contraty, is achieved with different layers of colors and different thinners: first, you sett a ground color and wait for it to get dry. The ground color is usually painted with tupentine oil only, and is chosen according to the hour of the day and main light feature to be painted. In this case, I used an earth for the ground. After the layer dried, I proceeded by adding the main colors and shapes: this is done with a thinner that is composed of 1/3 oil (poppy oil in this case) and 2/3 turpentine oil.
After that layer dries, one can finish the painting adding details, glazes, and the like. This is usually done with 1/2 oil and 1/3 turpentine. Final glazes, to be added when the painting is dry again, can be added using just oil.
Considering that, normally, a layer takes at least 10 days to get surface-dry, one can get a nidea of the time needed to paint this piece...
Nevertheless, the result continues to be hypnotizing even for the same artist who painted it.
Breaking waves. Oil on canvas, 40x50 cm. 2010. Exhibited in Vinovo and Sauze d'Oulx.
November 8th, 2011
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