View Full Version : Herefordshire Barn WIP and Finished Painting

07-05-2009, 07:12 PM
My first posting of a WIP hope it looks ok.Painted on Fisher 400 paper using Unison soft pastels,painting size 18x12 inches.

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water girl
07-05-2009, 08:35 PM
I'm looking forward to this! Thank you for taking the time to document your process.

07-05-2009, 08:53 PM
I'm glad you are also doing this step by step. your pieces are always fantastis. and to see the process is just great. this is at the point that at times i loses it for some reason. love to see how you handle the rest.

07-06-2009, 06:44 AM
Thank you for WIPping it! It looks like you make every section complete, finished, before going on to the next. And you're adding more sunlight, compared to what the photo shows, to build form better. You paint the top of trees into the already established sky, and the 'steeple' too. And you blend sky into outline of roof, before painting roof, probably to soften the transition. This works really well, especially with opaque Unis on Fisher, as the paper can take so many layers.

When you start a tree, do you block in the lights and darks first, or do you put the right colour in immediately?

Could you show us how you begin the grass, please?

Endlessy curious, I know... :-) It is fascinating to see.


07-06-2009, 07:38 AM
This is looking great and thank you for sharing as a wip. I have soooo much to learn! Very interesting to see how you worked the sky there. My only wish is that the pics were bigger so I could see more of the detail of the strokes/blending but I'm happy with anything you're willing to share here. :)

Donna T
07-06-2009, 07:49 AM
Thanks so much for sharing your WIP photos! It is fascinating to watch your progress. The tree on the left looks incredibly real! I'm interested in how you will paint the grass in the foreground too. Your foregrounds are always so soft and understated.


07-06-2009, 08:53 AM
Excellent, I've been hoping you would do a WIP. Looking Great and looking forward to seeing more. James

Merethe T
07-06-2009, 03:39 PM
Oh wonderful, I love your work and it's fascinating to see how you develop a painting! Everything looks gorgeous so far, you make it look so easy...thanks for sharing!

07-06-2009, 03:55 PM
The completed painting,for some reason the final picture photographed a bit cooler looking than the actual painting which is a touch warmer,hope you like it,Thanks Mark.

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07-06-2009, 05:46 PM
:clap: Its like watching magic!! Such wonderful trees and sky---all so life like. Just love seeing this and love your style. Thanks for posting it this way!

07-06-2009, 06:41 PM
This absolutely beautiful and I really love the texture on the buildings...the trees are very realistic, I'm curious about your process on the trees too...do you start off with you middle value...or the darks first??

07-06-2009, 08:25 PM
i am in awe of anyone that *builds* their paintings in this fashion ... that is, essentially nearly completely finishing areas in a top/down, L/R or R/L fashion !!!! .... i'd be beside myself if the top half was successful and the bottom half didn't cut it !! .... kudos to your skill and ability and also for sharing the process .... :)

Lynne Vokatis
07-07-2009, 07:47 AM
how beautifull!!!thank you for sharing your WIP.It is like watching magic:) . i love your work!lynne

07-07-2009, 08:17 AM
Wonderful!! I love this. Very magical looking.

Donna T
07-07-2009, 08:43 AM
You did those grasses so well, Mark! It's almost as if we are standing in them and looking uphill slightly at the barn. Thanks again for the WIP!


07-07-2009, 09:24 AM
Really, really beautiful.

Mary Brigid
07-07-2009, 10:34 AM
Beautiful Mark. Thank you for doing the wip. It was lovely to watch your painting grow. I would love to know how you got that light feathery effect in the grasses near the building. Do you just get a lighter colour and put it on top, and then smudge it?
Mary Brigid

07-07-2009, 10:34 AM
Stunning work! I love your use of colors and the looseness yet all the control in your work. Beautiful.

07-07-2009, 01:12 PM
It's fantastic!! Thanks for posting as a wip. the sky is just gorgeous!

07-07-2009, 01:13 PM
It's fantastic!! Thanks for posting as a wip. the sky is just gorgeous!

07-07-2009, 03:04 PM
Thanks for your kind comments on my first WIP, with the trees I usually block in the light values first then work towards the darkest and with the grasses near the barn I lightly apply the pastel and very,very softly blend with my finger,Thanks Mark.

07-07-2009, 05:08 PM
Amazing sharpness on the details... well done!