My Alaska Railroad Poster Contest Entry for 2012 – Step-By-Step
Back in the studio now from a whirl-wind visit to Hawaii and my exhibition at East Hawaii Cultural Center. I had previously decided that entering a piece in the Annual Alaska Railroad Poster Competition was not a logistical option. So many things going on! However I could not shake a poster concept from my mind. So, I arrived home on the HNL-ANC red-eye on February 10th and immediately started working on the design of the painting.
I wanted it to be different, intense brilliance that captured the fascinating season we Alaskans wait 9 months for. Summer in Alaska is so fleeting. But wow, when it’s here, what a show! This is my interpretation of all that excitement.
sketched out a rough design and applied clear gesso over the sketch and panel.
Value scale. Knock out the basic design elements and establish the light to dark ratio.
Applying color, starting to see where I need to tweak things, nudge them.
The pushing and pulling is now moving into the values. Making some things lighter, others darker.
Starting to really establish mood here. Working on the light source and how it affects the subjects.
Tweaking some more details
8.5×17 â€¢ Oil ‘sketch’ on wood panel
The painting was delivered Feb. 18, 2011. Can’t wait to hear how it does!
Thanks for looking!