On the second day, we traveled the few miles from our home base in Ft. Bragg to Mendocino to paint. Having painted the ocean the day before, I was interested in something different in Mendocino. I've painted there before so I knew what to expect. I had in mind that I would walk toward the ocean from Main Street and then turn around to paint the store fronts of Mendocino. When I did that, I realized that the scene was not quite as dramatic as I had remembered. I did a quick pencil sketch and changed some of the elements....moving the watertower, omitting some buildings and changing the relative size of others. I also decided to try a 10" x 20" Ampersand Gessobord. I love the 1:2 ratio for landscapes...it seems to depict the scene the way we naturally see it...but Gessobord was a little bit of a wrinkle. I've painted on smaller Gessobord panels, but I had no experience with the larger format.
As a result of the different painting surface and the realization that I was 're-imaging' the scene anyway, I did something much different than my normal approach. I painted quite broadly, trying to catch the essence of the scene...the lights and darks...without attempting to represent even a rough level of detail. The result is a significant departure from my 'norm'....not a bad thing at all!
|Main Street, Mendocino, CA Oil on panel 10" x 20"|
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