Saturday, July 23, 2011

Show some kindness today

Kindness causes us to learn, and forget, many things. -Madame Swetchine

so,,, be kind today

To produce a quality studio landscape painting I am told there are a series of steps.... the first being to go out on location, stake some fotos and then do a plein air painting on the spot ....
En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air", and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors
Next step is to take the  foto and make a value study .... the value study can be done in the field prior to the plein air painting and used for a reference guide to paint the plain air painting..... see my value study below ... I did not get to do a plein air painting of this scene so my value study is made from the foto.... sometimes we need to make several value studies and select the one that works best

A final canvas size is selected and a pencil sketch is made to the scale of the final canvas... this helps when transferring the image to the canvas... my sketch is below

Final step prior to beginning the painting is painting a color study...... notice we tried several color schemes before we begin ..... sometimes we might do as many as 6

Thanks for taking this mini tour on creating a studio landscape painting

Value Study charcoal on smooth newsprint 4x5

Pencil sketch to scale 6x7 1/2

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