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10-24-2013, 11:29 AM
I've done this one several times and never get satisfied with it. This time maybe ?? on strathmore 140.9x13,davinci paints. c&c....James

10-24-2013, 12:49 PM
A promising composition James but i think you are trying too hard to get surface textures. I suggest you keep surface textures to the foreground and use varied flat washes for more distant areas.

I see you have made a lot of use of scratching out to get grass textures. You could use a rigger with the same effect. A good way to create foreground tufts of grass is to paint a short horizontal stroke and then with a rough flat brush or even your finger flick the paint up to create a grass effect. I have a damaged flat brush which I use. Here's an example:


One day I'll do a youtube video of the technique.


10-24-2013, 12:58 PM
Thanks Doug, I'll remember to do that with fg grass, and show very little if no texture in the bg.

10-25-2013, 05:14 AM
Good suggestion Doug. I'm not overly fond of blue houses. Would have left it whitish.

10-25-2013, 07:44 AM
Scratches to create grasses and such are good in foregrounds. It's real easy to overdue it though, only takes a couple to give the suggestion.

It's good to vary it and scratch a couple sprigs in dark areas, then maybe a couple sprigs with a rigger in lighter areas. Whatever gives good contrast.

In the distance, you don't see much detail

11-07-2013, 10:21 AM
Thanks DWhite..............James

11-07-2013, 03:38 PM
The walls of your mill are out of plumb. This may be the case with the actual building too. It is particularly noticeable with the front corner.

I spotted it because architectural subjects give me fits. I cannot seem to draw and paint buildings well at all.

I like the play of warm against cool in the colours in this painting.

11-07-2013, 03:58 PM
Hi James - ist a nice motive - make it simple :wave:
If you call it an "old mill" - it should look like an old mill

a wheel , a mill stone ......


11-07-2013, 05:11 PM
Yes Dave this bldg was in a state of falling down, I hear they are going to rebuild. Egon, what can I say.......James