I enjoy making pictures with Hay Bails, but I have never painted them covered in snow.
“Frosted Wheats #1″ 5×7” Canvas Board
First of a of few paintings for Christmas sales.
“Rolling Up the Carpet #11″ 5×7” Canvas Board
I’m on vacation a good part of July, but back at home at the moment. I went to make adjustments on my underpainting of the first version, and realized the lightly textured board was probably not going to be to my liking for this. Here is a redo of my underpainting on stretched canvas 18″x24″ I like the new composition better, I wanted more sky,a bigger storm cloud, and a lower horizon.
I think it was worth the risk of repainting the sky. I exaggerated the perspective by bowing rows down in the middle, and the big clouds are bigger and lower with less little distant clouds.
The outline shows the placement of the old clouds, which was too evenly spaced, and the rows were straight across. I’m trying to learn to orchestrate the sky, which can get a bit messy. After this, if I’m unsure I will be more at ease to rework my paintings.
Here is a link to the old: http://dailywip.com/2015/05/14/rolling-up-the-carpet-10-wip-12/
Veil of humidity in “Rolling Up the Carpet #9”
At the horizon this picture needed something. It is commonly accepted that at the horizon there should be a fall off of colors, a veil of humidity to some degree, whether it is really there or not to add perspective and mood. I didn’t subdue the trees in the shelter belt enough. Here in the Northern Midwest, we don’t see it very often, and it was not present here, but I feel the effect should be added. The whole picture shouldn’t have the same intensity.
Just about everytime I’ve done Plein Air Painting, I’ve had to improvise on this effect. Our air is very clear! If I went southeast this wouldn’t be a problem.