Paintings by Ethan Cranke

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Today's (9/30/09) Oil Sketch

"Little Black Bird"
3 inches x 4 inches (76.2mm x 101.6mm)
Oil on Solid Oak, Prepped w/ P.V.A and Lead Ground

Ecstatically overwhelmed by the newly arrived colors and smells of Autumn, I opted to perch one of my stuffed birds amongst some branches, outside of my studio; so that I could sit and enjoy the entirety of what this gorgeous morning had to offer. I apologize for the glare, this one ended up being quite thickly painted and is still very wet. I will post a better pic, after it has had a few days to dry. Cheers.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Today's (9/28/09) Oil Sketch

"Luminescent Reminiscence"
20 inches x 24 inches (508mm x 609.6mm)
Oil Sketch On Stretched Canvas, Prepped w/P.V.A and Gesso
Last night, I had a dream that was completely silent, and very reminiscent of a harbor in Sausalito. This oil sketch is loosely based on that dream.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sunday's (9/20/09) Oil Sketch

"Stream of Consciousness"
19 inches x 22 inches
Oil sketch on Bristol
Prepped with P.V.A. and old-fashioned Gesso

This was my morning oil sketch from the day before I started the blog. Mind/dreamscape, I often have no idea what these are going to look like until they are finished. I only plan out what sort of palette I want to work with, and choose whether I want the composition to be vertical or horizontal; from there, I move forward in an "ad-lib" fashion.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Today's (9/21/09) Oil Sketch

I try to do these at "lightning speed," primarily using large size brushes, through out the duration of the painting. It's a good way to wake up/warm up, and get the day's work rolling.
19 inches x 22 inches