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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Step 3 Crows Bridge Study

                                                                    Crows Bridge Oil on canvas 14 x 18

Step 3 Crows Bridge Study

This is the final step in this study. I decided that some of the trees behind the bridge needed some variation to make them look more nature. I increased the height of  two of the trees. Then I added the front post of the bridge, and darken the underside of the bridge wall. I added vines going down the wall on the back entrance wall side on the left side of the painting. I went to the front grasses and brought them out more. When that was done, I finished up the road, by adding shadows and high lights. Then I smoothed out the water bringing in the reflections. I am now happy with the painting.
Look for more step by step demos on my blog.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Step 2 Crows Bridge Study


Step 2 Crows Bridge Study

With this step I painted the road and the boards on the bridge. Then I went and filled in the color of the grass, and added the color for the water. When that was done I went back to the bridge. I painted in the front and back entrance, and back side of the bridge and side rails. I left the front poles out on this step.
Look for step 3 soon!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Step 1 Crows Bridge Study


Step One

On the first step I sketch in the drawing. Then I started with the sky. When that step was down I laid in the background trees, and the background. I made sure I put in the middle ground trees, and put in the dark shadow under the bridge. I did try to keep in mind to work all over the canvas, adding a little color here and there. I didn't want to get stuck on just one spot.
Crows Bridge Study
Oil on canvas 14 x 18
The next step will be coming soon!

Crows Bridge Study

                                                                   Crows Bridge Oil on Masonite 6 x 8 Plein Air

Crows Bridge Study

I went to Greencastle Indiana to paint something that would be a historical landmark for "Painting Indiana III". I later decided to use another painting for that.
I will use this study for a larger painting. I will be showing it here soon with step by step, on how I am doing the painting.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Palette, Brushes, & Knives

Palette, Brushes, & Knives


Colors that I use:

Yellows: Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow medium, and Yellow Ochre

Blues: Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, and Ultramarine

Reds:Alisarin Crimson, and Cadmium Red Light 

White: Titanium White

                                                                Black I use only with the yellows to make a more interesting green.

Brushes: My brushes are the economy brushes, I buy them from Prizm Art Supply. I don't like using expensive brushes because I sometimes forget to clean my brushes. This way it's just easier for me to go out and buy straight from the store, knowing I am not spending a lot of money on brushes.

I use a variety of knives for my paintings. This gives my paintings texture, and allows me to have more control on difficult subjects.




                                                                                                  Solvents and Medium:

          I use Odorless Turpenoid to clean my brushes. I find it better than turpentine. Turpentine has a strong order that has to be ventilated.

                                          I like using Winsor & Newton Liquin Fine Detail.
                                                    It gives me nice control over my paint.
 When the painting is dry I can take a cloth and use it as a varnish to give the painting a shine.

These are some of the things that I use to paint. My palette my change from time to time, or when I am out plein air painting.