Bob Gher­ardi

New Jersey, USA, I Promise, acrylic, 10 x 8" (25 x 23 cm)

International Artist - - Art Challenge -

My In­spi­ra­tion

A haunt­ingly beau­ti­ful, grey day. As

I was drawn in to walk deeper, I was just as re­luc­tant to go any fur­ther. A light mist and com­pro­mised foot­ing chal­lenged me to con­tinue. There was a ten­sion be­tween mov­ing for­ward and stay­ing safe where

I was. Go­ing as far as I felt per­mit­ted, there was a silent re­spect be­tween my­self and the thick brush and the fog that masked what was beyond the trees. As I set­tled into this place I be­came a wel­come guest. The ten­sion that al­most pre­vented me from mov­ing for­ward was trans­formed into a peace and rest that then en­gulfed me.

My De­sign Strat­egy

The chal­lenge of this piece was to avoid paint­ing ev­ery sin­gle tree and the thou­sands of ac­com­pa­ny­ing branches and hav­ing it still look like thick trees and brush on the hori­zon. I felt this kind of ap­proach would com­pro­mise the sense of mys­tery and cu­rios­ity that drew me into this place. I an­tic­i­pated the fore­ground was where I would be us­ing sharper edges and thus cre­at­ing depth and dis­tance be­tween the tall, stiff brush and the soft, misty hori­zon.

My Work­ing Process

I first cov­ered the ges­soed Ma­sonite us­ing a stiff, flat brush. These splashes and tex­ture some­times peak through lay­ers of paint lend­ing them­selves to sub­tle tex­tures. I was in­ten­tional to avoid be­ing too “care­ful” and get­ting caught up in the de­tails. It was es­pe­cially im­por­tant as the mist on the hori­zon could be com­pro­mised. I used a pal­ette knife to lay the back­ground’s foun­da­tion. I then went back and forth paint­ing and scrap­ing many lay­ers of trees and branches with a liner brush and pal­ette knife. The ma­jor­ity of the brush in the fore­ground was achieved with a liner brush and a touch of pal­ette knife to marry it with the back­ground.

Con­tact De­tails

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