Another Day, Another Painting

In today’s episode of “Adventures in Painting” I decided to try my hand at several different things: clouds, adding the illusion of depth, and another tree. I failed in almost all aspects, except for maybe the tree. But I still learned quite a bit, so I got that going for me, which is nice.

You know the routine by now. Let’s do this!

This time I tried toning down the blue color I used for my sky, and I tried working in some clouds. I wanted them to be big fluffy white clouds, but they didn't turn out that way at all. I think I need a refresher on how to make those. But I am happy with the blue color. Much more natural looking than any of my other paintings. So take that! Obviously the rest of the painting at this point is a mess. I tried adding mountains that I wanted to blur out for an effect of distance, but it totally didn't work. The "blur effect" just turned the base blue and I got scared. Then I tried adding a brownish plain leading up to the mountains, and a dark green foreground (which I gave up on halfway through because the paint was being a jerk.

This time I tried toning down the blue color I used for my sky, and I tried working in some clouds. I wanted them to be big fluffy white clouds, but they didn’t turn out that way at all. I think I need a refresher on how to make those. But I am happy with the blue color. Much more natural looking than any of my other paintings. So take that!
Obviously the rest of the painting at this point is a mess. I tried adding mountains that I wanted to blur out for an effect of distance, but it totally didn’t work. The “blur effect” just turned the base blue and I got scared. Real scared. Then I tried adding a brownish plain leading up to the mountains, and a dark green foreground (which I gave up on halfway through because the paint was being a jerk.

I added white to the base of the mountains in a further attempt to blur them out. Still didn't work. I added green on the mountains to make them look like they are covered in trees. Made the brownish plain a lighter green, and finished the foreground with dark green, knowing I would go back and add grass later. The important thing I need to keep in mind is that these paintings always look like crap early on, but you have to keep going and fixing things, just like editing a novel, before it actually resembles something you're happy with.

I added white to the base of the mountains in a further attempt to blur them out. Still didn’t work. I added green on the mountains to make them look like they are covered in trees. Made the brownish plain a lighter green, and finished the foreground with dark green, knowing I would go back and add grass later.
The important thing I need to keep in mind is that these paintings always look like crap early on, but you have to keep going and fixing things, just like editing a novel, before it actually resembles something you’re happy with.

Tree time! I bought a new liner brush yesterday, so I wanted to play around with it for making smaller branches. I also wanted to make more of a unique shape to the structure of the tree, as I felt the tree in my last painting was rather boring.

Tree time! I bought a new liner brush yesterday, so I wanted to play around with it for making smaller branches. I also wanted to make more of a unique shape to the structure of the tree, as I felt the tree in my last painting was rather boring (like watching a soccer game).

I really liked the look of the branches, so I decided to make this more of an Autumn tree, and have only a sparse amount of leaves on the ends of the branches. Also I tried to incorporate Autumn colors, but I think I could have done it better. Same for the coloring of the tree trunk - I think I could have done that better too.

I really liked the look of the branches, so I decided to make this more of an Autumn tree, and have only a sparse amount of leaves on the ends of the branches. Also I tried to incorporate Autumn colors, but I think I could have done it better. Same for the coloring of the tree trunk – I think I could have done that better too.

Final touch up of the leaves, adding in some red for the final layer.

Final touch up of the leaves, adding in some red for the final layer. Some more work on the trunk to get it looking right. For some reason it was battling me the entire way.

Final step was to add in some tall grass to help give more of an Autumn look, using that super dark green base layer to provide the shadow effect within the grass. I also added in some flowers for color...because why not?  I wish the mountains and distant plain had turned out better, but considering where the painting started, I'm happy with the end result. I really do like the color tones in this one as well.

Final step was to add in some tall grass to help give more of an Autumn look, using that super dark green base layer to provide the shadow effect within the grass. I also added in some flowers for color…because why not?
I wish the mountains and distant plain had turned out better, but considering where the painting started, I’m happy with the end result. I really do like the color tones in this one as well.

So clearly there’s still a lot of room for improvement, but if you look at my very first painting compared to this one, and considering I’ve only been at this for less than a month, I’m extremely pleased with the progress I’m making. I think you’ll agree a $20,000 price tag on this bad boy is a very reasonable price. Please let me know if you’re interested.

1 Comment

  1. Very nice.  You can see the progress from painting to painting.  Quickly- I thought the sky was vastly improved, including the clouds.  You are working on only a small canvas, so the mountains were probably both a little too small starting out and placed too low on the horizon, and to me they ended up as a distant tree line on the other side of the field– and I like that.  Something to consider doing another time. The tree shape is much better, more interesting and life-like. 

    Something to just think about– I like the finished painting a lot.  The grass is coming along very nicely and you can almost “feel” the texture and detail.  But– I also liked the next to last two photos.  The dark area beneath the tree instantly made me think of a sunny, mid-day afternoon with a big tree shadow cast all about, and I really liked that.  That was a whole different painting at that point.  So wanted to just point that out to you in case the  bright day shadow thing might not have occurred to you while occupied mid-painting.  Keep it up!  I am so proud and happy for you both!!  Can’t wait for the next.  

    ps- I noticed the soccer comment.  Yellow caution flag.  Letting it go at that.  

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