View Full Version : An Old Barn

11-03-2000, 04:41 PM
I saw this old barn the other day and decided to paint it. I added the "turning" aspen in the background and tried to make it look like it was snowing (because it was). Please let me have it! lol Dennis
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11-03-2000, 07:36 PM
Just beautiful! You have used contrast well here and the colors work effectively. Nice job http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

11-03-2000, 11:22 PM
Dennis, your drawing ability really shows with this one! The old barn has so much detail and you captured it perfectly...I can tell you enjoyed this piece. The one comment I would make is to add a bit more color in the trees..touches of that sienna in the yellow...and a few touches of blue and yellow in the greens...would really liven them up. This is one of my favorites!

11-04-2000, 10:17 AM
My first impression Dennis was, "Oh...very nice!"

...and it is.

Of course...I tend to always have a few comments. I know...."just who the heck does this guy think he is!" ..and sometimes I ask myself the same question! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

I'll say the same I said to Nick...that to step up the next level, you need to get a painter's sense of painting rythym.

To create the illusion in the viewer's eye that the same actual sun shining on those trees is the same sun shining onto the grasses, the barn...etc., light needs to be represented as bouncing around all over the place. Even in overcast days, light bounces around.

Light is represented with color...and intense brilliance of light represented with pure high chroma hues. What I mean by that is a tube of paint or color carries a certain degree of saturation of that color, and usually says on the tube.

Many think that by adding white, you make a color appear brighter, but that is not true at all. That illusion comes from using a pure color as is from the tube. If a color is as pure as it is and still not brilliant, then you need to use complimentary colors to surround it and downplay other color around it.

Now...back to that bouncing light thing...

To create rythym, you need to orchestrate, like a conductor...the colors sitting in symphony around your palette. The piccolo plays here, and over there...the oboe comes in here, but then over there...and over here, violins throughout, etc.,

If you use yellow in the aspens, a small hint of yellow somewhere off the barn, off the grasses, and perhaps a slight hint off the clouds. The blue in the sky hints off the roof of the barn, though very slight. A dab or speck here and there. A slight blue from the sky strategically placed in a shadow of the grass...colors of the grass into the barn, colors of the barn into the scene, etc; Weaving these things back and forth to create unity.

Again...this may best be learned by seeing other's paintings, or become an art magazine addict such as myself. No museums or convenient galleries nearby where I live.

Other than that....great work!!!


"Art attacks can skill!"

11-04-2000, 01:53 PM
Carol, thanks for the comment.

Carly, I will take you advice and add some more color to the trees. Thank you.

Larry, thank you for taking the time to comment on this picture. I wish the jpg would show more detail, but alas it does not. The sky is cerulean and that is repeated on the fence rails (in the snow on top) and on the two roofs (again to mimic snow). The yellow is repeated in the grass, but I would never have thought to add a speck to the clouds. I am not trying to be defensive here, but do wish the picture herein was more accurate. I definitely want to "step up to the next level" and spend several hours each day painting with that goal in mind. Thank you for the comments I appreciate them.


11-04-2000, 02:14 PM

Excellent! I love the trees and I just have to ask, "Did you use a sponge or the tip of your brush?" Don't worry your secret is safe with me. . . http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

This type of composition would make an nice next mini-project for the watercolorists amongst us. Whaddya think?

Larry, again, thanks for your comments. I applied them in my "Mountainscape" and feel it pushed the painting "to the next level". Just like my dancing, I gotta find the rhythm. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif



11-04-2000, 06:35 PM
Nick said: "This type of composition would make an nice next mini-project for the watercolorists amongst us. Whaddya think?" - sounds ok to me!

Also the secret is out, I used a sea sponge for the trees. If I had used a brush, I think I would be painting trees until next year!
Regards, Dennis