When I saw the scene for my latest painting titled: “A Cheerful Day in Gray” I knew it was going to be painted. The location was in Canada. Although it was early spring a cold snap hit and actually the day I photographed this it was lightly snowing. However, I decided to warm it up a bit by leaving out the snow and make the air a heavy moisture laden morning. Even though this painting is a study of grays, it’s not somber. I found it to be cheerful, what with the lush green grass. Something not seen in the currently very dry area of where I live. I did add the cow and free rangers to add life to the scene.
The sky shows a slight lightening, hinting at the promise of clearing skies and a beautiful day to come! The painting is available at Folger Gallery, Midland, TX (432) 697-3778 (this painting has sold)
An overview of different stages of this paintings development can be seen in the section: Art Tips: When the wrong end of the brush is right.
What other moods or feelings does this painting evoke in you? I’d love to hear your comments.
When the wrong end of the brush is right.
I saw this old barn in Canada and I’m assuming it’s an old dairy farm barn. At least it reminds me of one. I was attracted to the look of the barn and its texture. If you read down you’ll see how I achieved the look of the wood on the barn. Be sure to click on any of the images for a larger view!
First I started with the door opening of the barn and worked out from there.
Simple enough. However, when it was time to start on the side of the barn, I wondered how to achieve the texture of the grayish black wood on the barn. To get the look I wanted, I first applied a thin mixture of a blackish gray tone to the white canvas. I then over-painted it with a heavier paint application. This is where the wrong end of the brush was right! With a T-square resting on the top edge of my canvas I placed the “wrong” end of the brush, (end of the wooden handle) next to the T-square and scored vertical lines into the wet paint which resulted in it removing the paint and exposing the lighter tone underneath. I then softened the effect with the “right” end of the brush.
Using this simple “trick” I was able to effectively capture the look and texture of the old barn!
The following images reflect the painting’s progress.
After this stage I begin to work back into the distance adding detail as well as in the foreground.
From here I paint in the chickens and continue with my detail work in the foreground adding more grasses.
Finally I make adjustments in the sky and finishing details.