Lisa provided us with a great photo for class. Lots of opportunity for texture and values. A lot was done wet in wet which gives you a bit more time to create the foreground effects. Pretty happy with this although I might just tweak the foreground values a little tomorrow to create more of a lead in.
A little tough this one and we battled through it in class. The aim was to break down a pretty complex scene into large areas of similar value to create a good value design but keeping it representational.
For anyone interested there’s a video of the final stages.
Trying out a value study for one of next sessions classes. Not sure if I’m feeling it yet.
In classes it’s buildings for both sessions. First a castle (above) and then Marlborough Baptist Church. For all the gory detail see the video below.
Here he is and I managed to build on a good start. Those trees took
and could maybe have some more work done on them but I didn’t want to overload them. Pretty happy. Love the light in this.
Now this is only half finished but I’m almost tempted to leave it as is. I’m liking the light and the water effects on the barn and foreground. I’ll finish it tomorrow but I’m going to do some experiments on the trees so may push it over the edge.
Well it did snow last night and I always like to paint snowmen.
This painting lark never gets easier. This is a scene I’ve painted before and I thought would be a walk in the park. I was wrong. Very tough.
My usual method now starts with careful color matching. Makes a huge difference in getting the values right.
And here for comparison is my version from 2 years ago.
This week’s johannes Vloothuis workshop was watercolor and as such it was easier than last week’s one. Some interesting stuff with credit cards used to scrape out rocks. I approached this with gusto and although a little lacking in finesse it has a certain charm.
Workshop time today with Johannes Vloothuis. He did this in oil but I had a crack in watercolor. Doing this always reminds me how hard it is for workshop attendees to do good work. You have to concentrate on the instructor and also keep thinking about your own painting. Exhausting!
But I was fairly happy with this. In real life the foliage areas have less contrast which works better. I almost screwed up the background cliffs but just about brought them back. I’m undecided whether to put in more contrast in the buildings…maybe it’s fine as is.
Here’s the original photo. Pretty tricky. Wonder if I should try this in oil?