9 mini landscape paintings project, number 7

This is a scene I painted before but with a different color palette and higher-intensity colors. My concept for this one is based on the idea of a tranquil country road, and when I took the photo it felt like a secret, stolen moment because of how quiet it was here. The composition I chose is mostly based on the O design stem, with a bit of radiating lines. My color strategy was based on capturing the orangey hues of the setting sun with a limited palette of yellow ochre light, cadmium red light, ivory black, and white (in this…

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9 mini landscape paintings project, number 6

I tried out all kinds of new things with today’s painting for my 9 mini landscape paintings project! A wide format, split complementary palette, a sunset… This one was inspired by an impromptu photo excursion on a recent Sunday evening. I wanted to catch the low light over the lake and made it just in time to snap a few sunset shots. There were a few other people enjoying the peacefulness of this hidden little fishing spot on the lake. I felt like we were all sneaking in the final glimpse of the setting sun and savoring some quiet time…

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9 mini landscape paintings project, number 5

Yesterday I used some of the extra paint on my palette to tone the rest of my papers for this project. I had been doing a very light wash, but for these I did a mid-value color in a variety of hues. Today’s was a dull orange color (similar to burnt sienna) so I decided to try out an analogous color scheme built around yellow-green. I selected another photo from a photo hike I took last March near Durham, in the late afternoon with an overcast sky. This was a peaceful corner of a field, and I liked the color…

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9 mini landscape paintings project, number 4

I’ve been learning about analogous color schemes along with tonalism, and for this mini landscape painting I chose a photo I took on a local trail last March. The trees were mostly bare, and there was a hint of grass in an otherwise largely monochromatic scene. So I thought it would be a good time to try practicing an analogous scheme. My concept was based on a peaceful path winding through a tangle of winter woods, with some small trees that have a lyrical movement to them. It’s a combination of O and S compositional armatures. Since this particular landscape…

9 mini landscape paintings project, number 3

I built on the second painting from my 9 mini landscape paintings project for this one, continuing to take things one step at a time and not feel a rush to complete any part of it. I’m going for a good balance of giving each step the time needed for consideration without getting bogged down by over-analyzing it. So far I’m pretty happy with how that’s going! My concept for this one was based on the warmth of the light being cast by the evening sun contrasted with the dark cloud coming into the sky and that little cluster of…