I spent a lot of time composing this painting. It’s from a photograph of a farm with two barns, a truck, and the hay bales. The photo was a far away shot and in landscape format.
I was immediately drawn to the lines of the two barns where they intersected the hay bales. I played up the contrast there and made it the center of interest in the composition.
The tree on the right was my own addition, a little artistic license to keep you in the painting.
I used a split-complementary color scheme here of blue, red-orange and yellow-orange, with a little red-violet thrown in for accent.
I’ve been helping a friend who is struggling a bit with watercolor, and my advice was to learn to let the watercolor do the work. As Keiko Tanabe says, “you’re a team.” I let the colors mingle on the paper and granulate in the upper barn roof.
Those colors are my “secret recipe.” I use a Daniel Smith pigment that I’ve never heard of anyone else using, and I discovered it by accident. But it’s now my favorite, and I work it into as many paintings as possible.
I adore the way this turned out. This is my style: bold color and lots of drama.
The exercise was from Brienne M. Brown’s class on Composition over at OpenStudioOnline.com.
Unfortunately, Lee passed away last year and I never had the opportunity to take a class with him. I will continue my study of painting the light, doing my best to “scream at me with color” and “get the shock of the light,” two of the sayings from Lee’s book.
Fall Shade. This is a little piece of heaven at the Big Canoe marina – one of my favorite spots anytime of the year, but it’s especially beautiful in fall. The colors are gorgeous and fleeting, as soon the leaves will be gone, leaving a brown mountain behind.
I’ve painted this scene three times before, and each has its own style.
Fall’s Fiery Glory. This is the view from my back porch looking out into the woods. Our trees are vibrant reds, oranges with just a touch a green left. I wanted to capture the patterns of light and shadow on this hillside. We normally have a stream running through the trees, but with the extreme drought it’s disappeared. #watercolorpainting #pleinair #landscape #appalachians #mariapeagler 8×10″on Arches 140lb rough paper. Available.