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Old 03-22-2017, 02:48 AM
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I'd like some advice. I'm starting a painting of an abandoned country store in Camas County, Idaho (where I grew up). This is an 18"x24" canvas. I've laid in the sky and underpainted the trees (underpainting only). I really want to do this justice, but am feeling somewhat daunted by the straight, parallel lines of the siding. One reason I enjoy landscape painting is the lack of straight, parallel lines. Now, this building has fallen into decay and disrepair, so the lines aren't AS straight and parallel as they once were. I have some leeway. But I don't know if I just need to carefully freehand the lines, or if I should try to use a straight-edge with a brush. I'd appreciate any advice you all have to offer!


For a subject like this, I would underpaint the entire area with a dark tone, varying the color some, and paint the boards, not the lines between them. This is closer to the physical reality of boards on top of "not-boards." Just my two cents.
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Re: Advice Requested - Straight Parallel Lines

Bkrast, please note that the barn siding lines in my painting and similar to what KreativeK did in hers are not really lines per se. They are the natural effect of dry brush technique, which tends to leave line-like marks from the bristles of the brush. For buildings like the one in your painting, dry brush is an excellent technique to suggest lots of verticals and the natural variation of light bouncing off old wood.
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Re: Advice Requested - Straight Parallel Lines

Thanks Scott and Bart for the great feedback!
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So much good advice here! I look forward to seeing how you finish this, Ben. Maybe the right approach will speak to you along the way.
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It is looking really nice so far Ben, looking forward to seeing your next stage of the painting. You have had some helpful advice here, good luck!
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Thanks Caroline and Donna. I'm looking forward to it too. Definitely got some good advice here.
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