I purchased some small 8” x 10” canvases, and decided that I would try to start painting again. I figured that using the small canvases would be easier and quicker. NOT SO! It takes a lot longer to do the fine detail because you have to use such small brushes. For example, this first one is suppose to be an up close view of the bottom of an old fence post with barbed wire and vines wrapped around it. I added a little mushroom to give it some contrast. I think the barbed wire ant the vines look the best. This picture took as long to do as a bigger one would have. The only advantage is that it would fit in my scanner and the other ones would not.
I then decided to try something different. I wanted to try to paint a misty or foggy forest. That seemed to work but the painting seemed too dark and needed something to brighten it up. So I really got bold and added a rising sun peeking through a couple of trees. That made quite a contrast and I am not sure if it helped the painting or distracted from it. What do you think?
I just started another small painting, but this time I decided to do something a little different. My subject would be the desert and mountains of Arizona at sunrise or sunset. You know, in the gloaming; the period of time between day and night.
I decided that I would make this painting simple and easy. I took a big two inch brush and put the first layer of paint on the small canvas. It took no time at all, just a few minutes. In fact, it took a whole lot longer just to get the paints mixed to the colors that I wanted.
Like I said, this painting has only the background layer (the first layer) on it and it was done quickly and roughly. Now I will start to do the detail work, but I plan to keep it simple. Of course I don’t know what it will look like when it is done. As usual, I will probably ruin it (grin). Here is the first coat which I left dry and maybe I will start on the details today or maybe not.
Any comments or suggestions, positive or negative, would be appreciated, like the last time I put some paintings on the blog for your critique. By the way, the last two pictures were influenced from actual photos that I saw in book. Don't forget that you can click on the pictures to enlarge them.
You all have a great day now, you hear?