February 04, 2011


Red 16 x 20 on Byers panel

Four more days, four more glazes and I am pretty certain I am done with this one. Even though trucks out in fields aren't my usual subject matter, I really enjoyed working on this piece because, just as with most all of my work, I used my own photo reference for this. As you know, I had lots of time at the easel with this piece so that also meant I had lots of time to reminisce about the source of the photo.

I recall my husband (Larry) and I taking a trip to Eastern Washington and, like I often do when we take trips, I had my window rolled down with my camera halfway hanging outside just waiting for something to catch my attention. You can probably imagine after miles and miles of nothing but wheat fields, just how excited I was when we zoomed past old "RED!" I snapped my one-chance picture and that was all I needed. Just that and my sweet memory. I wonder if they ever sold any hey off that old truck. Oh, and by the way, Larry says that's a c. 1970 International.

THE GLAZE: Below is a photo of the next-to-the last step when I thought I was done but I just kept staring at it waiting to find out why I didn't really care for the finished piece as much as I did the washes. That's when I decided to add (yet another) thin glaze of  white, yellow ochre and ivory black to a) give the hill a bit more distance and b) to add a little more sunshine to the hill. I wanted to get more of that golden cast back that was in the inital glazes. I also ended up adding a few more details to Red.

My Palette
For the majority of  the painting, I used:
  Ivory Black
  Cad Red Deep
  Mixed White
  Cad Yellow Medium

for final glazes on the sky I added ultramarine blue
for final glazes on the hey I added yellow ochre

My Panel
All-in-all, I am happy with how my Byer's Board held up to all the glazing and some of the scrubbing I did with this piece. I will certainly be using it again!

Thanks for coming by to see the end result.

May you find peace at your easel.


  1. Ah yes, I can see the difference that last bit of glazing made. Capturing the vastness of the landscape in that part of the country must have been quite a challenge but your glazes did it! Now Sandy, step AWAY from the easel, it's definitely done and you've painted a wonderful memory! :-)

  2. This is a very nice painting! Thanks for posting it as a wip.

  3. Hi Sandy!... My first visit to your wonderful site! Will be back for certain!

    Much enjoyed following your process and progress on this piece. Glazing sure does allow for a very finished and glowing result... that a bravura approach can't attain!

    You are very capable in many genres... good variety and draughtsmanship for sure!

    Enjoyed my visit!

    Good Painting!
    Warm regards,
    Bruce Sherman

  4. I do love your paintings. The haze in this creates a nostalgic, wasnt to go back in time mood.

  5. This lovely piece has that old world early morning feel that I recall from childhood. I always love your work!

  6. Taking the time to make those final touches make all the difference in the world. This is really nice. I'm glad that Byers board didn't let you down. You should give the creator of it a raise. ;-)


  7. Beautiful Sandy, its such a tranquil scene and such attention to detail as always in your work)

  8. Love to see your blog and all the things you do- - especially love the animals- -cats for sure. You glazing in oils is sure interesting, and seems like a lot of work!! The truck has turned out well, and the background light is great. Take care!

  9. Ha! Thank you Deborah, I beleive the painting is "safely" away from me now :).

    Shari, thank you for for stopping by and commenting.

    Pat, How kind of you, thanks!

    Bruce, Thank you so much for visiting and your kind comments; that was very kind of you. I will be over to visit your blog soon.

    Susan, Thank you so much. You just never know when one needs to hear such a nice comment. Yours was perfect timing.

    Karen, I always appreciate your comments. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Don, Ha! I will talk to the staff and see what I can do about that. She will have to back off on that premium cat food so I'm not sure how well the raise convo is going to go over.

    Sam, You always have such nice things to say. Thank you so much.

    Ida, Thank you! that was very sweet of you.

  10. Hi Sandy,

    Beautiful work, reminds me of a page out of one of John Steinbecks novels. The haze does create a nostalgic feel.


  11. Sandy I'm really happy to have found your blog! I haven't had a chance to look at more than this blog, (I see you have three!), and it's just beautiful. I really enjoyed seeing your step by step of "RED". What a beautiful painting, and I agree that warming it up and bringing back some of the yellow just finished it off. Thanks for the comment on my blog. I'm so excited to meet another artist from the Pacific Northwest through blogging. I thought everyone was from Texas! I'll definitely visit again and often.

  12. Sue, oh my, that is a lovely compliment. Thank you!

    Hi Claire. I am so glad you found my blog, too. Welcome and thak you so much for coming by and commenting. Ha! That's so funny about Texas - that's where the *rest* of my family is from :).

  13. with just a few colors u made a masterpiece :) totally in love for this one !