Saturday, December 22, 2012

Daily Painting Practice - More Trees

I warned you I would be painting more trees.

This time though my approach was a little bit  different. I started with a very smooth surface on hard board and I did not tone the board, I left it white.
 The board has no texture at all so the paint glides onto the surface. The color is very transparent and easy to wipe off. I am not using a limited palette this time and  I am going very bold on the under painting colors. How brave is that?
 I am completely out of my comfort zone with color this intense this early in the development of the painting. This can end up being a very Van Gogh-ish painting if I don't subdue the color a bit.
 Instead of painting the white on top I wiped it off to let the white show  through.
 Now I add the darks to the foreground  for more contrast.

 It seems strange to have started with such bold colors and contrast and then muting those colors a bit to get to the end, but that is exactly what I did. The result was very pleasing I think. 
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Birch Tree Study
oil on board

1 comment:

Marti's Morning Meditation said...

It was helpful to see your start with the bold colors - like it very much. End result is lovely - still like those comparatively bold colors in foreground.