This is the drawing I did in preparation
After I got the canvas covered, I made some major composition changes. Here it is before the changes.
I wanted more sky and a sweeping feeling. Plus, I changed the left tree to be the same type as the right one rather than a pine tree. I liked how the purply reds were playing with the yellow-greens of the foreground. I also moved the left tree forward to increase the tension and depth of the composition. It needs to dry before I can finish it, but I am pleased with the start.
This is really good practice and I’m starting to like some of the results
In one hour… This is actually my first plein air painting. One hour was the time limit. There is a lot of prep for this. We’re still figuring out the logistics of how to do this, but it was fun! The results are a little rough. Need to work on that too I guess.
Here it is after another 2 hours at home. I started by oiling it out and then began refining things. The trees are still stylized, as is the field, but the brush strokes are less coarse and the color is more accurate to the day and the experience in the field. We really did have a nice time. This is an excellent way to remember it. If I were to do it again, I’d change the composition to include more sky. It could use less foreground.
As this piece is drying, I can see that it is a high quality piece. I am happy with it.
Thought I’d try a landscape…
It’s just an under painting, but number one implies that there will be more to follow. I hope there are! She is so beautiful and my dog completely rocks. 🙂
This is just a beginning though. Someone suggested an alizarin crimson under painting and I tried it. I know alizarin has a 3 lightfast rating. I probably should have done something else… (I didn’t realize how much I’d love the image.) But I wanted to see how it would turn out. So I’ll get the alizarin mostly covered. It needs to be cooled way down anyway. When I’m finished I’ll make sure it gets a UV protective varnish too.
Updates to follow…
Here’s the final version. I love it!!