Welcome everyone to our 3rd Paint-a-Long and by popular choice, the reference for this is "Vineyard by Lake Okanagan, B.C., Canada" by ColinS.
The large version in the RIL, is here
For those not familiar to these P.A.L.s, we each paint this in our own time and show stages as we work - the aim is to help each other.
Size and surface is up to the individual - but it must be painted in Acrylics
You may also choose your own method and style for this but it helps if you can describe why you might make certain choices, how you approach such a painting and what you are/are not satisfied with at any stage.
Some have expressed a desire to try knife-painting and there's a classroom in the Information Kiosk about it: you'll find it here - Knife painting by Gnu
OK - haven't started yet but will begin by LOOKING at the ref closely and deciding what part I want to make important and which bit, maybe, less so!
Some questions which might cross my mind ......
Does the comp. need 'improving' at all?
Do the tones need strengthening in places?
Is there enough contrast?
(It helps here, if you can change your image to greyscale to view the differences more easily - alternatively SQUINT at it!)
Does the image need to be cropped for my purposes? It's in portrait rather than landscape format, will this matter to me?
Now, how am I going to paint this - that's the question!
I used knives in oil painting many moons ago but never found success with acrylics - maybe that's because I use so little paint with this medium ....... I actually do
find it difficult to put out larger amounts and mix larger amounts - I've got used to titchy-tiny bits of paint and thin glazes!
That's something I'd like to try to remedy with this work.
So Peeps, start whenever you wish, post in stages and please, please, describe the hows, whys and wherefores if you possible can.
Let's have some fun
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