Saturday, December 28, 2013
I have made somewhere around 20 of these 8x10 frame size winter landscape paintings this year and thankfully most of them have sold on etsy or at local art shows. I try to keep ahead by having 2 or 3 paintings with the winter sky already finished and ready for me to drop in the buildings and foreground. On my last trip across Iowa I was able to take 85 photos of barns and farms from which I already have three pencil sketches ready to go when I need another painting.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The painting in progress on the left is the acrylic and to the right is the water color, both are in the same stage. Last night I put down the sky in both but the water color went down quickly and acceptable the first time whereas the acrylic took a lot longer and I went over it at least twice. I'm giving acrylics a hearty second chance.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
In this stage I block in the major colors. I really don't look at the objects as barns, trees, or grass but as rectangles, squares, circles, etc. and lay down color with that in mind. In the next stage I develop the actual scene. My style is to keep the water color paint very dry for most of the painting except the sky- the sky drips with excess water until I feel it is right and let it dry.