The subject would be Ythan Estuary because the customer lives across this magnificent nature reserve. I also knew where it would be hung so I had an idea of the size. As they had seen my work last year I had an idea of what style they liked. Texture was definitely something that had to be included in the final work.
To get an idea of how I could make a representation of Ythan Estuary, I took my camera and tried to tune in the environment, feel the atmosphere and really SEE what was going on. Back home I created a file in Photoshop with a selection of images that would the dynamics of this area.
|Photographs Ythan Estuary ©Fenfolio2012|
Study in 3D
To get a feel of textures and shapes found at the estuary, I selected 4 images and replicated these in a relief by using plaster filler, pallet knife, shapers and gesso on MDF.
|Tide & Dune Relief ©Fenfolio2012|
|Sketch in watersoluble pencils ©Fenfolio2012|
Materials used: Indian paper, golden paper, Golden light molding paste, sand from the estuary, shapers, pallet knife, acrylics, 3 canvas panels each 61 x 46 cm. Total size of painting including frame: 195 x 54 cm.
|The first layers ©Fenfolio2012|
|Dune Formation detail with paint and sand ©Fenfolio2012|
|Dune Formation triptych painting ©Fenfolio2012|