I started with a pencil sketch.
This is the most important step.
Normally at this point I would loosely sketch the composition on my watercolor paper. I got in a hurry and skipped this step. Not ideal but it worked out for me. My next step was to roughly block in my background washes...hills, sky and clouds.
After letting the wash dry completely, I sketched in the composition in pencil and began defining it with hard edges.
You can begin to see the composition taking shape. The structures are carefully blocked in and the tree locations are penciled in.
At this point I simply began to paint the scene beginning with the dark trees. Their location, general shape and value were already determined in the sketch...I simply needed to paint them.
Continuing with painting the trees.
As I'm continuing to work on the trees, I begin to work in the background dark foliage areas as identified in the sketch.
As I begin to bring this thing in for a landing(knowing when to quit is the hardest part for me), I begin to add foregound people, shade and shadows. Shadows are very important! Everything casts a shadow, even on cloudy days and at night!
Finishing trees, adding more branches and twigs(till it feels right), adding fence(afterthought), adding a spray of water to the tree canopies to encourage a small amount of "bleed"(just because it's cool)....
At this point I paint in the saturated hues of the barn and houses. I also decide to deepen the shades across the road, add some fence shadows, add some wisps of grass here and there and spatter a little of my dark color to add a little atmosphere...
Final touches...dark green conifers around the houses, deeper shadows....then...sign it and don't go back to it!
|Country Lane- ©2013 Tim Oliver|