Another try at painting from photos. Plein air painting is the better but, when I see the Facebook posts of cars in the ditch I chicken out. To make up for that I try a composition that is challenging for me. This one will sit on my wall for me to think about it.
The Iowa Watercolor Society show is at the local art center in Fort Madison, Iowa for the month. I am posting some watercolors starting with one from 2006. I started with painting watercolors and it has been a great learning experience.
We had a lot of snow lately. Getting a painting while the snow was heavy on the evergreens required the tree to be viewed from my window. This is the best I could do since the streets were not plowed yet.
12" x 6" oil on panel
When the roads are clear I was able to get out and plein air paint.
12" x 9" oil on canvas panel
Plein air paintings gives you everything you need, the right light, the subtle shades of color, correct proportions and clear details. I put this together using summer photos of rabbits placed in a winter background. Just as I was getting ready to frame it I noticed that the rabbits need tracks in the snow, which I added to the rabbit in the upper right.
10" x 8" oil on canvas panel.
This is the rabbit from the previous post who needed some snow tracks. Next snow I need to plein air paint some rabbit tracks as I am not sure of these.
I did this study to warm up for a commission I have to paint chickens. I have not painted chickens much or even birds, so this was a good practice observing the details and form. One thing I missed at first is that they have drumsticks, notice the left leg on the one in front. A lot of birds that I have drawn in the past seem to just go from leg to body.
This weekend I participated in a plein air event in Bloomfield, Iowa. The temperatures were freezing. Definitely a challenge but that did not deter the competition. I brought watercolor but decided against it when the watercolor artists complained about the water freezing on the paper. Still they turned in some very impressive artwork.
10" x 8" oil on panel
The temperatures definitely slowed down my progress leaving me to warm my hands often. This was started with a pencil drawing of the horses. I have found that I can't block them in with paint as well as I can quickly draw the basic forms with a pencil. A thin wash of burnt sienna over the drawing and then paint the horses before they disappear completely over the hill.