JOHN POTOTSCHNIK FINE ART

“Maysville Church” creative process

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Maysville, Kentucky is a beautiful little town that lies at the confluence of Limestone Creek and the Ohio River, just over 60 miles northeast of Lexington, and a little southeast of Cincinnati. It was originally established as Limestone in 1787 by frontiersman, Daniel Boone. He and his wife, Rebecca, operated a tavern at the site. By 1792, Limestone became a popular landing point for pioneers. The little town was laid out by Simon Kenton and John May, hence the current name…Maysville. In 1848, Maysville became the county seat. It was once a center of wrought iron manufacturing, the export of bourbon whiskey, hemp, and tobacco, and during the 1900’s it was home to the largest tobacco auction warehouses in the world. In addition to the notable figure, Daniel Boone, it is also the town where General Ulysses S. Grant attended school. Today the population is around 9000 residents.

I was drawn to the picturesque downtown area for this painting. However, as you can surmise from the photos, there are almost unlimited painting possibilities to be found in this beautiful community. (Click images to enlarge)

The beautiful town of Maysville, KY located on the Ohio River

The beautiful town of Maysville, KY located on the Ohio River

The beautiful town of Maysville, KY.

This photo gives you an idea of the location of my painting. Looking north from the church steeple on the right, the beautifully bricked area in part of the downtown area is seen. My painting is looking south from this area toward the church.

Photo reference

Photo reference

Using Raw Umber, drawing and values were established from the beginning. Normally, I first begin with a Raw Umber line drawing, using a brush. When that is dry, then the values are established.

Using Raw Umber, the drawing and values were established together from the beginning. Normally, I begin with a Raw Umber line drawing, using a brush. When that is dry, then the values are established. Once the monochromatic underpainting is complete, a palette of colors is selected and mixed to match established values.

The palette used for this painting was Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow Light, and  Ivory Black.

"Maysville Church" - 8.88" x 6.25" - Oil

“Maysville Church” – 8.88″ x 6.25″ – Oil

This painting is available for purchase through my studio. Click HERE for details.

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The video and accompanying book, shown here, along with my first video, "Limited Palette Landscape", include everything I've taught in my workshops. You can now take my oil painting workshop right in the comfort of your home, and for a lot less money than physically being present.
I’m pleased to announce the release of my latest teaching video and book. The video and accompanying book, shown here, along with my first video, “Limited Palette Landscape”, include everything I’ve taught in my workshops. You can now take my oil painting workshop right in the comfort of your home, and for a lot less money than physically being present. (Click image to learn more)

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John Pototschnik is an Art Renewal Center Living Master
To view his art and bio, please click HERE

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