Paul McMillan

Texas Landscape Painting

 
"Heartland"
20" x 16"
Oil on Canvas
No. 35
In this Texas Landscape Painting, "Heartland," an original oil on canvas, I was trying a new medium. This was the first time that I was able to just mix the palette, blend the colors and have both the detail and the softness of line to make the illusion of depth and atmosphere work in the image. I wanted to complete the entire painting by blending the pigments together in a wet-into-wet technique. In other words, I wanted to complete the painting without glazing at all, all at once, while wet--no subsequent layers. I still make my own medium, paint wet into wet to make progress if not complete the painting, then glaze for effect and touch up. It would be easiest to say that this piece was about painting as much as subject for me. In my technique many mediums can achieve both a virtually smooth brushstroke free surface as well as impasto.
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