Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pastel in stages

I drove past this area in Torrington often. I was drawn to the overgrown trees and the variety of color they added to the scene.  As with my landscapes I like to show mother nature gaining ground. 

I walked by several times but did not get the same inspiration as I did when I drove by so I took the reference image as I drove.

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The photo reference lacked the dynamic image held in my mind as I drove past so I set the reference aside and charged at the blank surface with some bold lines.

I kept developing the composition with black, white, and greys so I could push the drawing around

I added some local color to establish some perspective and get a feel for the pallet to be used

I knew I wanted the tree colors to be bold and opaque and thought it would be problematic to add the bits of detail need for the houses behind so I roughed them in 

Goodbye houses hello tree color as you can see the bits of houses work in between the branches and leaves 

I rounded out the color throughout, working on all areas but the trees

I lightened up the road, I find it is good to begin darker or lighter than you intend then work toward the intended color, to bring the focus back onto the big red tree

Friday, July 8, 2016

Recent plein air landscapes

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Revisiting drawings made on Matinicus Island Maine circa 1989

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These two were preliminary drawings for etchings