day 1: landscape series 8, 38x35" / by Philip Tarlow

3:31 PM: this morning i started the under-drawing for landscape series 8. as this series has evolved, the "under-drawing" i speak of has become an essential part of my process. it is a precise, detailed drawing in colored pencil, oil pastels and crayon, and is based upon photos i've taken at the creek. it peeks through the over-painting, in oil. the over painting is inspired by one of the many plein air oil paintings, all 16x16," from 2012 to 2014. so i'm consciously making a very time consuming drawing, which has a delicate beauty of it's own with the awareness that soon most of it will disappear.. it is, however, an essential element in the final painting; the heartbeat of the final painting, one could say.