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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Red Barn in Winter


. . . is finished, I think :-)

Going to let it sit a while and see if anything jumps out and hollers at me to be fixed!

What I learned from this painting:

1. Staining colors are really, really hard to remove when dry. Gee, I thought I already knew that.
2. I've been doing some experimenting with glazing, which I love the look of; but I'll have to admit there is that part of me that really likes direct painting, like alla prima in watercolor - strokes of deep, juicy color right off the bat.
3. I used a very limited palette with this, just 5 colors. I enjoyed mixing these colors and seeing how many other colors I could get.
4. I'm gradually getting to be a more thoughtful painter... instead of putting color down then changing my mind, scrubbing it out and redoing it I'm beginning to think ahead about what effect I'm after and plan it before putting the brush to paper. Keeps the painting fresher and is much less frustrating.

On to the next painting!

22 comments:

Simone said...

It is beautiful Teresa. I like the pinkiness on the snow. It is like a reflection of the red barn.

sherryscarvings said...

OMG Teresa, this is just beautiful!!
I truly love the color of the barn.
You also captured cool crisp snowy day too. Well done!

SM

Jan said...

You're doing so well, Teresa. I'm really tickled to see you enjoying your new paints - nothing like getting new goodies to get you painting, is there?

This came out really, really well & I wanna see more!

Pat said...

Love the painting - and really love the fact that you are putting down what you've learned too. Bravo ! xx

Ann said...

This is beautiful.

IrinaSztukowski said...

Thank you for sharing Teresa. I noticed that Alizarin Crimson is the worse when you try to remove it from the paper. Although, if you work not on a paper but on a new surface called Aquabord (I am exploring this option and trying the new surface) any color would be easy to remove. The downside is that you pretty much cannot put layers..
Your painting has a wonderful contrast ( white new snow and old red barn look great),
Thank you,
Irina

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Beautiful painting, and I appreciated your sharing the things you learned from doing it. I love the red of the barn--it glows against that white snow.

CountryDreaming said...

Love the full delicateness of the finished winter barn. The shadows and tracks on the snow give it a cozy lived-in look and the barn itself is so inviting.

ArtistUnplugged said...

Absolutely beautiful, just love it!!!

hmuxo said...

Love the finished painting Teresa! You did a wonderful job ..great color of the barn!

Jan said...

This ended up as beautiful as I thought it would be!

If you like color and alla prima painting, maybe you would like gouache. They can mix with watercolor also.

Hope we see lots more from you!

MILLY said...

A beautiful result with the new paints, lovely crisp colours. Looks like you are enjoying using them.

newmexicomtngirl.com said...

This is just beautiful. I love how the limited palette pulls it all together, as in life. You really captured this snowy day in the country really well. Can't wait to see whats next.
peace n abundance
CheyAnne

Candy said...

Teresa, this turned out beautifully. Thank you for sharing what you learned. (#1 made me chuckle.)

Kendra said...

The limited palette created such nice color harmony! Really nice composition, to me, the tree branches bring your eye right around the painting.

Mermaid's Palette said...

Teresa- I love this barn and the way you treated the snow which can be really difficult. Unfortunately, it seems that some of my favorite colors in my palette are staining!
Sheryl

knittingdragonflies said...

I like this! The barn looks so real! I feel like I could drive right up there. Now I need to get my paints out!
Great job!
Vicki

toemail said...

Looks wonderful!

artistamyjo said...

A really beautiful painting Teresa.
Love it.....hugs, Amy

Antonio Machado said...

Excelent painting!
Beautiful intense red...
Congratulations

Linda said...

Beautiful painting....I love barns!
Hope you are better soon...I am a new follower of your blog.
Linda

taio said...

superb

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