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Virtual Paintout - County Clare, Ireland (II) - December 2010

This is my second submission for the December Virtual Paintout. 

Click here to see the reference photo in Google Street View.

"View from the road at Killeagy (Stritch)"

nearly 16x20 inches, oil on canvas

Orange Bouquet

Final painting for the December 2010 Studio Atelier project on the Internet, where Barb Benik posts her photographs for artists to use as reference material for their paintings. First steps here: painting a vase of flowers

"Orange bouquet"
60 x 45 cm, oil on canvas

The Studio Atelier December 2010 Painting Project (first stages)

I had planned to work on a second Co Clare painting this morning when the Studio Atelier caught my eye. I put Barb Benik's photograph on my TV and couldn't resist taking out my oil paints and giving it a go, right away.

Link to Studio AtelierI know I should hold back more at the beginning because I wind up having to fix things later on and, in this case, the perspective turned out to be more challenging than I thought. I also need to take time to squeeze out all the colours on my palette, get a clean rag, pour out some fresh Low Odour Thinner, etc, but (as usual) I never thought I'd be painting all day.
The photograph (which is fantastic, I repeat) somehow seems to just paint itself... :)
See my progress below (Day One):

Day Two:

(Still working on this one!)

Virtual Paintout - Co Clare, Ireland - December 2010 - Completed Painting

"County Clare, Ireland"
40x40cm, oil on canvas

Virtual Paintout - Co Clare, Ireland - December 2010

Unfortunately I missed November's Paintout (first time since starting in May). I spent way too much time travelling around Rio and left no time for painting. So this month I forced myself to get an early start. I wasn't sure if I would finish in time so I submitted the above (nearly finished) version of the painting. County Clare is beautiful by the way. What amazing greens! I hope to give Ireland another shot later in the month.

Below are steps 1, 2, and 3. 
I always try to take these photos to remember what I've done -- where did it go right or wrong....

Very impatient to see the greens right at the beginning...

Starting to take shape but I know I'll have to stop here for a while.

Managed to come back to the painting and although I've become fascinated by the wall, the tree has started to seem like a daunting task.....

Here's the link in Google Street View: LINK

See my next post for the completed painting: County Clare - final

"County Clare, Ireland"
40x40cm, oil on canvas