OK, now that I've decided to paint on the weekends, I LOVE SATURDAYS! ....AND SUNDAYS!!!!
Here is a step out of this weekend's painting, done in acrylics.
I started with a stretched canvas and a very limited palette. I simply started laying in shapes, hues and some very subtle value changes. My intent was to establish some movement and a rhythm, while I had no idea what this would end up being.
Next, "oh no, what now?"...about 8 years ago husband and I visited France and took the bullet train down to Marsailles. I had made a sketch while riding, even though the train was so fast, it really afforded only an impression of the countryside. Maybe this is a good thing, no getting hung up on the details, right?
After deciding that this would be my inspiration for this painting, I began to lay in some cool/warm color blocks.
Now it's time to start laying in some defined shapes. You'll notice that I've extended the overall height of the scene, taking my artistic license. Hey, remember, this is about creative expression.
At this point, I need to re-evaluate the overall color palette because up until this point, I've kept it very lean. I think I need to introduce a couple of new hues so I'm using a color swatch book from a paint store to get a quick visual and help me make a decision. I do want to keep the overall palette cool but some small patches of warm will help create some tension.
Okay, after letting this painting rest overnight...(or was it letting ME rest overnight...) I've come to the conclusion that I need to soften the rocks in the foerground and add a slight glaze over the background to push it into the distance. This will also speak to the early morning mist or dew that might be on the ground and in the air.
Here's what I think is my final...never say "done" until a bit of time has passed and I can look at it with fresh eyes!
This final shot has been color corrected to reflect the actual paint colors while the earlier shots have not.
Hope this inspires you to let your artistic muse come out and play. I've enjoyed my weekend and now feel totally refreshed and ready to go back creating those die lines for some 3-d stickers coming your way in Sept.
peace and love,