In The Studio: painting 39 of 90 paintings in 90 Days

In this simple little painting I focused on making all of the principle subject matter into one interesting shape, think of the trees, foreground, buildings, and background trees as all one big shape.  Although it is really a pretty generic subject, the goal of getting everything to hold together as one shape is bigger than the subject matter.  The color palette is pretty is pretty sparse burnt sienna, cobalt and ultramarine blue, raw sienna, cadmium scarlet, and olive green.

Mix a little cobalt blue with some burnt sienna creating a nice grey tone wash in into the sky in diagonal stripes.  Use raw sienna burnt sienna and a little ultramarine blue to the background trees.  Cut around the tops of the buildings.

Using the side of a round brush, paint the foreground in using a rich dark mix of raw sienna, burnt sienna, olive green and cadmium scarlet.  Really think edges make them expressive.

Again using the side of the brush loaded with burnt sienna, raw sienna, and cobalt blue and brush in the trees. Scrape the branches that come back in front of the trunks.  This give the trees depth.

Mix cadmium scarlet with burnt sienna and a touch of burnt sienna for the red buildings, really think about the shadows.  The shadows on the white building are the same grey tone as the sky kept the light coming from the same directions as in the red building.  Have fun.

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  • mary sortinoFebruary 19, 2013 - 9:57 pm

    when you says: “Using the side of a round brush”,is when you get that brush with white on the inside.I can not get those white spots amid the Brush. thanks for your work every day, your tenacity s unique. I invite you to have fun and if you and I have fun with paint! thank youReplyCancel

    • SteveFebruary 20, 2013 - 1:49 am

      Mary, if you lay the head of the brush on its’ side on the paper and pull it across the paper you should be able to make the mark. Practice on some scrap paper till you get the hang of it. I hope that helps. I might try to take a picture of it and put it on the blog in a few days.ReplyCancel

  • MercedesMarch 22, 2014 - 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the good tips from master. I take note of them.ReplyCancel