Friday, August 14, 2009

Ash and Steam Plume in Progress

Ash and Steam Plume in progress 40 x 60" oil
© 2009 Katherine Kean

This is the beginning of the over painting on a large canvas. The color differences between the underpainting and the over painting are not as extreme as they are in the Lava Field painting and the values are much lighter overall so it's been progressing at a good pace even though it is much larger. I'm also dealing with some scale concerns. When I first painted the horizon line I used a ruler to make sure it was level (from the center to the left edge - not including the hill on the right that clearly slopes upward - which by the way, doesn't help either). It doesn't show up as much on this reduced image, but in person the line appeared to droop on the left. I have lifted the line on the left to allow it appear more level in person. I may lift it even more as the work progresses.

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Palmer said...


Jean Spitzer said...

I loved it in purples and gold, and I'm still loving it as the colors become more complex.

Gary Keimig said...

I am really liking this. You are doing a great job on it.

Anonymous said...

Katherine: After following your blog for awhile, I am curious about your fascination with lava and volcanic events. Have you ever lived on the islands? My brother lives on the Big Island, and your paintings remind me of the Hilo side. I love your connection between earth and sky.

Katherine Kean said...

Thanks Palmer!

Jean - I liked the purples and gold too. I think it'll still have some when it's finished.

Thank you Gary.

Katherine Kean said...


I haven't lived on the islands. I visited that side of the Big Island last year - close to where the lava goes into the sea. I like it there a lot - I think your brother is lucky to live there!

I'm interested in phenomena - weather as well as volcanos. I feel like they can be a metaphor for personal expression.

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