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In The Studio: Number 89 of 90 Paintings in 90 Days “Paradise”

This painting has a lot of energy and movement both in the brushwork and in the well designed white shape that moves through the painting.  Unless you are a color painter it is a good idea to consider using a strong value contrast to move the viewer through your painting.  Take a few minutes and design this before painting.  The success of a painting is not about capturing exactly what the camera gives you but how well you as the creative soul interprets the information and expresses your reaction.  Along the white shapes I put texture and color to entertain the viewer and to work the eye along the shape.  Give it a go and you will be more successful.Using cobalt and ultramarine blue I painted the sky pulling the blue behind the trees.  I then used hansa yellow, new gamboge and skips green from American Journey for a bright green follage.

Without waiting for the greens to dry I used a varied mixture of burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, alizirin, and olive green to paint dark rocks.  I scraped the tops of the rocks with a flat knife.

I overbrushed some darker trees shapes using a mixture of ultramarine blue and new gamboge.

I painted a few darker pieces of green weeds in the foreground

Using cobalt blue, cobalt violet and burnt sienna I painted in the mountain peaks.

I finished off the painting with some water movement and foreground details and a few tree trunks.  I hope you enjoy this painting is was a lot more fun than some I have painted.

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  • PatApril 14, 2013 - 7:53 pm

    Not sure I painted Paradise, but between this painting and your instructions for #85, my mountains look better and the white paper is a little better defined. Yes, it helps to have a value pattern!ReplyCancel

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