Thursday, July 29, 2010


Right right! Today I began the underpainting to Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, a painting about destiny vs. love.

I've shown an older version, the first version which I stopped work on a month or so ago. I wasn't comfortable with inventing the lighting on the trees there so I've since remodelled that area. However I like the general look of the picture shown and have decided to crop it with the intention of finishing it later as something new and different.

I expect the underpainting to take ten days, with another ten for glazing at a later date.


Anonymous said...

Destiny versus love sounds very intriguing!
I have a question. I notice your color palette for 2010 has been similar through much of your work. Is this a conscious decision or just your preferred palette or perhaps both?
I look forward to seeing your progression.

Mark Sheeky said...

Thanks for pointing this out. It's something I should be aware of.

Not conscious... but conscious too! Perhaps I'm getting stuck with my favourites..? Remember though that I paint in layers and the pics I post here are often just the underpaintings and those DO use the same few cols... that doesn't mean the final painting will look the same. For the one in the photo I could paint a violet sky in the next layer, for example.

Carolina Moon Arts Studio said...

Mark, thank you for sharing your process. I am anxious to see how you proceed. Do you use grayscale for your underpaintings? Do you glaze each layer? Are you using oils or acrylics? Sorry for all the questions. I find your work very intriguing as well.

-Don said...

This looks like a pretty good sized painting. What is the support for this one? It looks too thin from this angle to be stretched canvas, but it's hard to tell from a photo.

My take on that conversation in the garden was more along the lines of destiny because of love. But, I look forward to seeing your version/vision.


Mark Sheeky said...

Hi Carolina and Don, sorry for my late reply I was so busy yesterday!

Carolina I'm using oils. I tend to paint two layers, or aim to and begin with an underpainting in opaque cols that tint towards the final colour. I've used greyscale before too, and usually do glaze everything even flat areas, but more than two layers is not necessary or even detrimental unless I need a special effect.

Don it's 6mm M.D.F., a favourite surface of mine. The key link to the Gethsemane story here is the moment of realisation rather than the dichotomy...