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Meet Me At The Old Blue Mill With SK

An Old Mill Pond Dream for Hometalk
It's not every day you are invited to participate in an amazing competition such as this event featured by Hometalk.
Ideas and thoughts teem. My first drawings were rough and quickly put on paper.
Composition, balance, color. Where in the world does one start?
With a soft lead I sketched several compositions. Good composition has it's own little world, which is a class of it's own. As a young painter, I didn't have the skills to know good composition from "no" composition.
As my skills developed, composition and color balance became fascinating.
A few ideas roaming the web.
I love the old, the rusty character of old farm equipment I grew up with.
I made the mistake of neglecting to take pictures during my actual process.
My canvas is a primed surface of 38"x18" without the frame. I primed the canvas with a deep teal background.
My backgrounds were then "washed" in with a large 2" soft bristle brush.
When starting a new work, I begin at the farthest point. i.e. sky, clouds etc. Working toward the foreground. Adding distance and atmosphere.
As the background was complete, I use a pallet knife to "knife" deep textured paint details.
Working back and forth from background to foreground, I added and continued to bring the final colors to life with my knife.
As an impressionist work, the closer you get to it the more distorted the image becomes.
Working with knives can have a fabulous effect. And loads of fun. This type of painting takes large amounts of paint.
With Modern Master Metal Effects Paint, I built and created a rusty metal frame. The gears were also painted with rust and copper patina paints from Modern Masters. They were then epoxied to the canvas and frame.
Hometalks teal blue logo is the basis for the front of building.
The painting had many pictures taken in different lighting. Each time it looked like a different painting.
Thanks for visiting.
SK Sartell

Materials used for this project:

  • Acrylic paints, Oil paints, Modern Masters Metal Effects paint   (http://shop.modernmasters.com/c/metal-effects)

To see more: http://sksartell.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-old-blue-mill-pond-with-sk.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Chris aka monkey
    Chris aka monkey Mount Pleasant, TN
    on Sep 16, 2016

    sk long time this is awesome xx

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID
      on Sep 16, 2016

      Thanks Chris, Still up to my chin in finishing the house before snow falls. Hopefully I will finish more fun projects over the long white months of winter. ♡

  • Papadoudi
    on Sep 17, 2016

    This is whaaauuuw!!!!!!

  • Sharleen Wolfe
    Sharleen Wolfe Australia
    on Sep 18, 2016

    Fabulous SK Love it very very much .. you rock

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID
      on Sep 21, 2016

      Thanks Sharleen for taking your time to come see my work. It's always nice to see a welcome name pop up. SK Sartell SK on Elderberry sksartell.blogspot.com

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