Farm Road: #22

Today I tried very hard to stay mindful of values, and boy did it pay off. This is the first one I like. I washed the value 3 spaces first, since that’s where I tend to overwork things, and committed to not touching them again. The 4s came next and I tried to really load the…… Continue reading Farm Road: #22

Farm Road: #21

I tried something g a little different tonight. I sketched out the painting, then took a photo of the sketch, and used the markup feature on my phone to plan out the values before I started. Blue numbers represented cool tones, red colors represented warm tones. A 4 was supposed to be highly saturated, and…… Continue reading Farm Road: #21

Farm Road: #20

I really didn’t want to share this one, but it’s all part of this exercise, so… I tried using the new squirrel quill for as much as possible on this one. I really like the way it adds movement because the soft hairs sort of do their own thing under pressure. But, I have to…… Continue reading Farm Road: #20

Farm Road: #18

I decided to loosen up my painting and I’m glad I did. In order to break out of the tightness that had been weighing me down a bit, I figured I would change the scene a bit, so I painted from my imagination instead of the picture. I like the way the trees frame on…… Continue reading Farm Road: #18

Farm Road: #17

I keep trying to paint the sky anything but flat, and it keeps looking cartoonish and flat. I’m gonna go with a looser sky tomorrow. I also tried Hansa Yellow at the horizon, but it just turned the sky green. I should have seen that coming. I have a tube of Cobalt Blue in the…… Continue reading Farm Road: #17

Farm Road: #16

I decided to try this as a landscape, primarily because I really really didn’t want to paint tonight. I thought switching it up would entice me. I also spent some time making swatches of my pigments to learn more about how they blend. That was insanely helpful, I learned to stay away from Yellow Ochre as…… Continue reading Farm Road: #16

Farm Road: #15

I started wondering why my colors were so quick to get muddy, and I realized my yellow and red are both cadmium, which are much more opaque than my Phthalo Blue. So I grabbed some Payne’s Grey to give me more neutral darks, and Hansa Yellow, which is more transparent. I thjink these lend themselves…… Continue reading Farm Road: #15

Farm Road: #14

Who cares about proportion?” Said the scarecrow as he tried to duck into his tiny house nestled under the rare Sequoia Maple.

Farm Road: #13

This was an experiment in value structure… trying to worry less about color and more about value. My photo has the sky more saturated at the horizon because it was overcast. This painting doesn’t communicate overcast though, which is why the sky probably feels inverted.

Farm Road: #12

Part of my “statement” I guess with this exercise (and why I am posting them on Facebook, especially the bad ones) is to illustrate how much time and effort goes into a craft. I think a lot of people see someone do something well and it looks so effortless they think either “She is so…… Continue reading Farm Road: #12

Farm Road: #6

This time I tried to loosen up a bit, and further reduced the elements in the painting. I added the clothes line because I like the “story” it tells of an Amish girl with a bright red dress. I added a horse and buggy, but the proportions are all wrong. The sky is way to saturated,…… Continue reading Farm Road: #6

Farm Road: #5

I further loosened up, and added some chicken blobs to compensate for killing off the horse and buggy. They feel childish, I need to simplify. I used more Ivory Black to try to neutralize the sky, and it didn’t really work. I like the Phthalo blue in the sky, and the mountains feel better than…… Continue reading Farm Road: #5

Farm Road: #4

Here I tried to cool down the house, though I was afraid it would recede too far. It ended up looking ok to me. I also added some hills, and cows and hay bales, and another fence… sheesh! The composition is an improvement again, but I overworked the sky, and the grass, and the fence posts…… Continue reading Farm Road: #4

Farm Road: #3

This time I reduced the elements in the painting, and added a fence to try to help with perspective. I still relied too heavily on the masking fluid, and the house looks like it’s been cut and pasted into the painting. The scale is off for the field, and those mountains (where’d those come from?)…… Continue reading Farm Road: #3