• Michael Cartwright

Whimsical Cottages

Updated: Sep 6, 2018

Country cottages and old mill homes on Western Australia's south coast are one of my favorite subjects.
Whimsical Cottages

This quirky interpretation of the Australian landscape is created solely from imagination. The technique began one day when the weather was too hot for plein air painting and I began experimenting in the studio. I somehow recall upon the child within and using a sharp tool, scratch a whimsical composition into a semi-wet underpainting. Then using fast drying oil paints I apply subdued colors throughout. This layer of paint is well textured, dries quickly and therefore ready for the final stage - Glazing with transparent colors which emphasizes texture and increases saturation. 

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