Friday, February 5, 2010
Lessons in oil...Gotta remember it ain't acrylics!!
I wish I'd taken a photo of my first attempt as it was a dismal failure. I had put a bit of work into the mountain and when I went to paint the trees in the foreground I found that the colors all blended together and I wasn't able to pull out the colors of the trees. This happened for a couple of reasons. First, the photo, although beautiful is much the same value. The mountain pic was taken on a day that was beautiful, but the sun wasn't shining on the mountain, so the colors were all muted. NOT enough contrast in sun and shadow...well, very little!
Second, I forgot that I was painting in OIL and not acrylic. In oil everything you lay in stays wet and so you can't go on top and add a lot of other color and paint without it sort of melding into the layer beneath...so I had something that was very much all the same value! SIGH...So, I wiped out the trees and began to put the mountain back a bit and will now wait until it dries a bit so I can add a layer of tree in front. Through this process I got a devilish idea...the colors are all so muted....so I will let that be...AND, instead of pines, I'm going to put some big ole aspen trunks in front...sort of like the mountain is seen through a window of large aspen. The color differences should bring the trees up, and let the mountain lay in the background...thus making the muted tones of the mountain be in the back...Will it work? Don't know yet...but the experiment will be fun...I'll post the results when I get them...good or bad...
Lesson hopefully learned...and then I go on! So, today is just a bit of inspiration instead...The light and frost on the leaves I found beautiful! Yep, still winter here...I'm longing for spring already!!
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