Sunday, August 23, 2015

8-23-15 Commission

I am at the point where I call this painting finished which means I will set it aside for several days then come back to it and look for changes that need to be made, little touch ups, or maybe an addition to balance out a section. Keep in mind the original is much more vibrant than this photo in fact there is no comparison. Keep checking this blog as I will post close up shots of several areas of the painting.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Work in progress 8-18-15

This painting is progressing little by little and step by step as most of the components are there. What I am considering complete is the sky and barn yet there is more work to be done on the tall trees, horizon trees, road, and pumpkins. What is not even in the painting yet is the water pump, fences, and the wording on the sign.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

8-68-15 Work in Progress

As you look at these three photo's you can see the progress that has been made as I build one wash upon another. The style that I will maintain in this work is called 'painterly', in other words there will be plenty of brush strokes visible and a loose style with the paint as apposed to a realistic approach. The presence of the barn and foreground is so strong that I planned on the sky being large yet clearly not competing for attention. One of the first design elements that has become clear is the angle of the road being mirrored in the large cloud that has extended off the canvas, the purpose of this is to keep the eye traveling back to the barn, the central focus point. There are elements that I'm still working on such as the large mass at the farthest point on the horizon, the color of the road, the color of the barn in general. I haven't even come close to finishing the foreground.

Monday, August 3, 2015

8-3-15 First Washes

The top photo shows the very first paint laid down on the canvas and the second photo reveals the next washes. The massive cloud that extends off the canvas has hard edges at this stage, they will be softened and adjustments made as we go along. The barn and foreground are very light and need much attention as we progress over the next few weeks.