A few Weeks back, I created a few new 9 x12 paintings for the South Shore Art Centers small works show. One of them was of the Cohasset Common, on a beautiful crisp fall afternoon. Using my trusty camera phone, I recorded a few stages along the construction of the painting....
I next scumble in color to see where the balance of the trees are, the grass and the sky, This gives me a good relationship of value and color balance. My tonal balance may be ore in a middle ground. Already, we're starting to establish the feel of the artwork.
Okay, we're continuing the detailing... a couple of little tricks. Although the windows in the church were 16 over, 16, at the distance we're painting, they really fade out, so , just a dark square was used to show placement of the windows ( a flat tip brush, and a short dab is all it takes.) Since the church itself was bathed in a very warm late afternoon sunshine, I use a white, with just a touch of yellow within. notice that I "outline" the windows with a horizontal, and vertical brush stroke. This cleans u the edges of the dark window, and also kind of establish the casement of the window. I'm also starting to build out the farmers table, by not looking at total detail, but color and value shapes. Trees are taking shape now by establish the dark and light shapes (our first steps with the tree, we scumbled in more of a middle ground) I call this "pushing and pulling," to establish the dimension and light source falling on the tree. The foreground grass is really bathed in light, and use strong vertical yellow graeen to make it Pop.
Almost done, I establish cooler shadow patterns on the church and then go back with my strong light and painting the facade of the church. I use a vey slight tonal change in the color, so that it captures the feel of the clapboards. I use horizontal strokes to paint the facade.. the pattern and stroke of the paint again, enhances the clapboard siding of the structure. This is where we do our final detailing of the leaves, both on the tree, and the ground as well as the farmers market table and figures.
This one I was pleased with, and just left it alone.. I hope you can enjoy it as well
Its now hung at the South Shore Art Center's Small work show with a few other small works that I created..
Thank you .... Bob