Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Over the Fields and Through the Woods

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This one is a little detour from a string of nectarines to some California sunshine. I find painting layers like this is much easier with an organized palette. Soon I'll take a picture of that and explain further. But basically it means putting the colors for the layers in order so you can compare them on your palette before you commit them to the painting.


Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love the way you handled this and look forward to the lesson.
I have so many beautiful reference photos of scenes like this from Nova Scotia.

Anne French said...

Carol, I love this. I'm trying to paint a field myself right now, with larger, looser brushstrokes, but it just doesn't look right. Brushstrokes seem to be my conumdrum. Can you elaborate on brush strokes (in addition to what you wrote in your book?). Thanks!!! Anne

Carol Marine said...

Thank you, Mary!! : )

Anne, unfortunately there is no easy lesson on brush strokes. I think mostly it's a matter of style. But there is one thing I will say that has taken me far, and that's variety. If all your brush strokes are the same (length, width, heaviness, direction, etc.) then your painting will tend to be...fairly blah. But if you make sure and vary your strokes wherever possible, you will make your painting more dynamic. I am not always successful with this! Especially when I forgot to use different sized brushes as I paint. But I try. I hope that helps!

Anne French said...

Yes...thanks so much Carol!!! :)