Welcome to my Morning Coffee & Sketch series; today’s sketch or sketches, are the beginning stage of planning a new oil painting.
It is another Viking/Norse inspired piece and that now means the next two paintings are of that genre and I can’t wait to get stuck into it; I find the Viking/Norse culture a highly interesting one and it’s a subject that has fascinated me since I was a child so these next two projects will be very enjoyable.
I’m also trying something different for this piece and I have chosen to paint on a 20″ x 8 ” canvas and the idea of working on an oblong space is entirely new with the painting side of things at least. The canvas size has a 2:5 ratio so I drew my thumbnails at 4 cm x 10 cm and here they are –
This is the first four thumbnails I have created to generate ideas and try to find a composition that I like the look of; I will definitely sketch some more before settling on a design that I like and making a more detailed drawing; after that it will be onto the painting.
I’m slightly intimidated about getting the ships to look right in water and painting the sea, that will be a first for me but with some diligent study I’m sure that I’ll get there.
At this rate I might need to create a new art project category for Norse work as it is something I intend to do a fair bit more of alongside my Leaves of Hellebore project.
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Until next time, farewell!