Medium: Oil on Canvas
Working Title: Autumn Barn
This is a commissioned piece for a collector in San Diego. The prep for this painting is a bit different than what I typically do. I sketched the basics out using charcoal pencils, and then sealed it with clear Gesso. The clear Gesso allows me to prevent the charcoal from smearing or getting in the paint, while still being able to see the sketch.
Today I started the oil painting. The really cool thing about the clear Gesso is that it adds significant tooth to the canvas, and I really like the way it pulls the paint from the brush. It’s an entirely different feel.
I started this piece by working from the background forward. The black came first, and then I began blending in one of the greens that will be used for the trees. I will continue to work forward, adding in the rest of the greens and then the oranges used in the foreground trees. This is a fun one.
Today I continued to work on the trees in the background, adding an overall green hue and then leaves in a lighter shade of green. Since most of the background will be covered by the trees in the foreground it wasn’t necessary to add a lot of detail to these trees. In the few areas that will remain visible, I did spend more time on details.
I then began to work on adding some of the tree trunks and branches. Once these are in, it will define where more leaves should be in relation to the branches. These leaves will be in front of the trunks and branches and will begin to add depth to the piece.
I will continue to work from dark to light, background to foreground.
I did some more work on the trees to the right side of the barn, using a brown based on Raw Umber, and experimented a little bit with color on the foreground tree. I still have more work to do to get that color right. I matched the shade of brown on the weathered barn wood, using Burnt Umber as the base, and started working on the barn itself. I will stay on that until it is complete and then work on the main tree.
After nearly a year away from the Easel, I am so excited to be back at work. Last year was full of unexpected twists and turns and I have had my hands full. But that’s another story! The new year is chock full of opportunities and I am really looking forward to creating a lot of new pieces. Furthermore, I have some interesting ideas I am looking forward to working on.
Feeling a bit rusty, I have begun by working on the barn wood again. Getting back into it again has given me a fresh perspective and I reworked all of the wood a bit to add some faint dark tones to add depth. I look forward to finally completing this piece!!
Believe it or not, I have been busy at work on this one, I just haven’t been good about posting the work online. It has been a bit tedious with all the leaves, and the leaves, and the branches… with the leaves. After being away from the easel for an extended period, it has taken a bit of trial and error to really establish a rhythm and technique, but here is where I am at now.