Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Daily Painting Practice - Phillips Mill Inn Complete

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Phillips Mill Inn
oil on canvas

Completed one! yeah. Feels good. I had the hardest time with the foreground. I removed the road and used my artistic license to add grass and a few extra steps. I needed the foreground not to be too detailed or it would distract the viewer. But it needed to be detailed enough to look like grass.
Here's some details.

I really like how the windows turned out. It was important not to let the reflections and hints from the interior details take over but keep them muted. The flower box was fun. I went over it several times to sharpen some edges, especially the hanging leaves and the top.

I left one of the mailboxes. I painted it over about 4 or 5 times. The flowers and iris leaves were an important detail for the right side. They stop the viewer's eye from trailing off the painting.

Overall, I had a lot of fun with this one, even though I struggled. Thanks to my gang of 4 for all their help too. They kept me going when I was ready to throw in the towel..


Amy Mann said...

Very nicely resolved! I agree, replacing the road with grass in the foreground was the right thing to do. You have a wonderful way of keeping your paintings looking like they were painted on site.

m collier said...

Absolutely beautiful !!

_Frankb10 said...

Gosh this is an incredibly beautiful piece of work Peter, and your attention to detail is marvelous. It must have taken you quite a long time to complete, but was well worth all the hard work. Kudos.