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In The Studio: Number 71 of 90 Paintings in 90 Days,”Sunny Field”

This is another version of my subject of a couple barns, rocks, weeds and trees and I think this was has a nice feeling to it.  The red brown barns work well against the greens and the distant pasture with the hint of cows gives the viewer something to look at out in the distance.  I really had no intention of putting in so many details but they just seemed to be necessary and when it seems like a natural thing to do I love to work in lots of fine little marks as long as they feel organic.Paint in a nice blue sky, with cobalt and cerulean blue, leave white for the building and get some movement in the sky with some soft light passages.  The foreground is a very merged piece with lots of raw and burnt sienna, cobalt blue to tone the colors a little and olive green.  Use very varied brush marks really think variety.With a sharp knife scrape the foreground for a feeling of weeds, and then paint the shadows on the rocks with a light wash of cobalt blue, burnt sienna, and cobalt violet.  Leave light at the top of the rocks to show the light.  Let it sit for a second and brush in a little bit of raw sienna the top of the rocks to get the feeling of light.  Paint in the trees cutting around the top of the rocks, paint the trees with a feeling of the sky.Paint the buildings with a light mix of cadmium red, burnt sienna and ultramarine blue with one building leaning towards red brown and the others towards a bluish gray.  Really learn to work in greyed colors if you want to get good at representational landscapes.Darken the buildings a little with an over wash of the same color just a little darker leaving light passages for details, paint details in the trees and the foreground with a nice fine liner brush.  Detail of rocks and weeds, I think the relationship between these pieces works pretty well.  Have a nice time with your brushwork on this style of painting.  Oh and we will see this subject again.  I am having fun and it is all about me!!!

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  • Mike FlynnMarch 26, 2013 - 1:28 am

    I enjoy the mix of warm and cool colors that you manage so well. 😎ReplyCancel

  • Pat McSwainMarch 26, 2013 - 6:21 pm

    Well, I have to admire your cows, Steve. Mine looked more like a flock of lost turkeys…or very sick camels!ReplyCancel

  • MercedesApril 2, 2014 - 7:41 am

    I like your explanation about painting de rocks and the foreground. Both are difficult issues for me. ThankReplyCancel

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