"Sour Milk Gill" Oil Painting by James Swanson

"Sour Milk Gill" Oil Painting by James Swanson
"Sour Milk Gill" From the award winning painting series.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Bridge Too Far.

"Bridge over Lancaster Canal" as seen in exhibition.
14" x 18" oil on linen panel.
This next painting adventure starts with a new Traveler, and ends up in The Artist and The Travelers exhibition.

Traveler Dave Brown

The Artist met Traveler walker Dave Brown through a link from another travelers website. The link said Dave was a long time walker with over 480 walks in his photographic diary. He had to take a look.

Dave B. photo of the Lancaster Canal at Tewitfield.

Traveler Dave’s journal entry: Firstly dear reader I must apologise for the lack of entries of late. This is due in no small way to the cold weather affecting my breathing. As soon as I breathe in the cold air I can feel the tightness in my chest and not wanting it to turn to something more nasty I have been keeping inside. However around noon today I was going as they say “stir crazy” so we ventured out first for a short walk along the promenade at Morecambe and then for a short stroll along the Lancaster Canal at Tewitfield.
Traveler Painting notes of "Bridge over Lancaster Canal"
The sketch for the class. 
I've been following Dave B. for along time. Ever since I stumbled over his sight from another travelers link, I've wanted to paint some of his walks. The one I chose to paint was one that I would paint in front of a painting class that I was teaching. I've had real good luck with snow scenes lately and thought this one would make a good demonstration painting.
There are only a few photos of how I painted this painting, but it is very similar to the way I paint all of my paintings. Sketch of the design, painted Dark to Light, details added at the end.
The Painting Blocked in. Since this was the first class for the winter session I had my students painting with a limited palette. Which means painting with just Cad Yellow light, Cad Red light, Cobalt Blue, Titanium White, and Ivory Black 

Painting at the end of class. I didn't get as much done on this painting as I would have wanted, it seems my class has picked up a few more students.

The next day with a fresh eye I was able to put in some final touches. Done. I wanted to keep this painting real simple, but fun to look at.

Painting Details
Framed and up in the showing!

"Bridge over Lancaster Canal" as seen in exhibition.
14" x 18" oil on linen panel.
Here is the painting in the Artist and Traveler exhibition. Take a look and tell me what you think.