This was an exercise playing with value and tone. The summer light brought out the subtle colours in the calves coats. Thankful they were curious enough to stay for several photos. More likely they came running in the hopes of scoring some sweet clover.
Tried to stay loose though I couldn’t resist some detail. Let me know what you think.
On April 10th, mother nature sent us another 4 inches of snow. To paint snow in watercolour is to paint shadow.
This chickadee popped his head up from behind a “snow fort” on the rail by the bird feeder, and I took his picture.
The grey tones in the original were too subtle for the feel I wanted. I enlarged the bird as a focal point and emphasized the shadow. The screen image makes it look dramatic but it works well in the actual painting. It gives a sense of how tough these little soldiers really are. Let me know what you think!
Pretty sure this will be the last snow of the season.
A terrific workshop with Poppy Balser on Wednesday. Poppy is an award winning plein air landscape artist who lives and paints in Nova Scotia, Canada.
The workshop covered tonal paintings, using scrap paper for testing colours, the importance of softening edges, composition and balance. There were about twenty artists who attended and lots of great questions and answers.
After the demo we were tasked with doing our own.
Below is the tonal painting and finished piece I painted. Two tips were to use more pigment and to not get too far into the details. Poppy liked my sky and, even though she told me to put my brush down, I couldn’t resist dropping some purple into it when I got home. It looks good when you stand back but isn’t as brooding as the photo I used. I feel the painting is vibrant though and I’m happy to have achieved that.