This is entirely from my imagination. Here’s my sketch
I wanted to keep this light. Kind of like the paper but I hadn’t planned my color scheme before I started painting.
At this point I like it, but it was not finished. That was more obvious in person than from the photo. I do need to step away from my work more and earlier. That’s a challenge in a studio as small as mine…
This version was too much the same tone. I worked it a lot from here. Scraped off the tree.. Did a bunch. It didn’t improve it much considering all the work I put in.
I learned a ton from this piece even though it didn’t come together that easily for me. I really should have done a color study after the sketch and had a better handle on my intended palette. I gained somethings and lost some as I finished it.
Maybe if I do the color studies to bridge between the sketch and the final piece, I’ll be able to keep it looser and it will actually be finished. I’m excited to try a new workflow process. I definitely need to be doing more before jumping into the painting. And I think I have some ideas.
Next I’ll be working on a cooperative piece relating to animal rights with another artist I know. I’m excited to try my new workflow on the joint piece to see how it goes. Good habits go a long way! Now to clean my brushes…
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
I really liked the class at ASK. Good relaxed crew of very talented artists.
I went back in and darkened the hair and the shadow. Here’s the new photograph.
This drawing took about an hour. Worked from an image on my phone. Am working on dynamic poses with weight shifts and faces.
I wanted to work on head proportions and the angle of the water.