Aluminum is an interesting surface to paint on. Very smooth, and after initially absorbing into the surface, oil paint dries very quickly. I scratched the fine tree branches out with the back of a brush to reveal the metallic surface.
This is based on an old plein-air from last summer.
It was leant against the wall in front of me and over time I got more and more dissatisfied with the scrappy workmanship. I was going to paint over it to try and fix it, but eventually decided to make a new version instead.
Then I realized I may as well scale it up whilst I'm at it.
Completed over the last couple of evenings using a couple of these daylight LED usb, rechargeable and portable clip on lights as my light source.
Two paintings from the super cold snap we had in Montreal this and last week. The unusual size ratios are due to me having to snap off the bottoms of the panels so that I could fit them onto my easel. It was too cold to paint really. I felt for my fingers inside my glove to put a tissue in, and couldn't tell I had hold of them.
Finally managed to tidy up the piece from two posts back. I decided to include it in this post so it's possible to switch between the two. (Click on the picture to enlarge, then use L + R arrows on your keyboard)
Sestri Levante is about 30 miles east of Genoa on the north west coast of Italy. It seems to be cloudy all day, then clear up in the evening. It is a beautiful landscape of mountains dropping into the sea.