Sunday, September 26, 2010

More work on the Old Barn - WIP

Worked on the Old Barn painting some more today.  I figured it would be nice to actually finish a painting so I think I'll push and get this one done.  Worked on the foreground and bit, added a little more detail to the barn and fence.  Right now I'm trying to decide whether to leave the fence leading off to the left there or not.  Feels like it divides the painting too much and it might be nice to just continue that pasture on up to the forest line. Hmmmm....

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Back to Painting - Old Barn WIP

Done with the color exercises for now...back to the painting!  I've got a bunch of paintings I've started, but not finished so I thought I'd start finishing some of those paintings up starting with this old barn.  Worked on the forested ridge in the background, did some more work on the barn itself and laid in the initial fence posts. 

At glance it looks as though I've painted the barn crooked, but in fact there was nothing square about this old barn :-)

Monday, September 13, 2010

800 Colors from a palette of 12

Whew!  So this was an interesting and time consuming exercise.  I took my palette of 12 colors (plus white & black) and mixed every color with every other color and then tinted each combination giving me 10 values for each color.  Some take aways from this exercise....
  •  800 colors is a lot, but you realize that variations are truly infinite.  What happens if mixed two colors unevenly and tinted or shaded that?  What happens if I add in the complement to grey the color down? It goes on and on!
  • Got a good feel for which colors are stronger or weaker than other colors.  Thalo green, thalo blue - way strong.  Raw sienna, alizarin crimson - not so much!
  • This kind of exercise really sped up my color mixing to the values I wanted.
  • ...and....I should've done this a long time ago :-)
Well, certainly gained a better understanding of color mixing.  I had a lot of "ah ha, so that's how you get that color" moments!  Now back to the paintings.  Anxious to see how this exercise helps my painting!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Color Notes over Musical Notes!!!

Been working on building up some color charts for one of the palettes I've been experimenting with.  It's a bit tedious, but rewarding when you can stand back see see the infinite variety of colors at your fingertips (or brush tips I guess).  This palette includes thalo green, thalo blue, ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, raw sienna, burnt umber, yellow ochre, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red hue, permanent rose, alizarin crimson and then I just include a grey scale using ivory black and titanium white.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Drawing from my sketchbook

Was just going through my sketchbook and realized I hadn't posted this drawing I did awhile back.  Did this while passing the time at a garage sale.  Twas' a fun little sketch!!