Sunday, June 12, 2011

Before and After

So the first image is an en plein air I did at the North woods Discovery Center late last summer.
It never was "finished" and I was not sure exactly how I would finish it off.

So, I decided, for fun to use John Lovett's techniques to finish this off. There was no real "center of interest" in the painting. So I chose one and I worked to make that area look lively and subtly "interesting". I aged the pink chair a little with some rusty nails using burnt sienna ink, contrasted the light and dark dramatically at that area, and vignetted off the other areas of the painting. I made the floral background more interesting with dropped and splashed in "inferred" flowers using gouache and
acrylic paint and used sumi black ink on a nib pen to give more interesting definition to the trees and the chair itself. I warmed the foreground with quin gold watercolor dropping in a little permanent rose to balance the pink of the chair.

What d'ya think?

1 comment:

  1. I like it a lot. Thanks for taking us day by day through the workshop. I enjoyed all your paintings and am fascinated with what you did with the gouache. I think you have "taken it up a notch!"