Tones of Barcelona

tones_of_barcelona_lowres
Tones of Barcelona, 2015
Acrylic on panel
11″ x 14″
$200

Another nice old tractor sitting in a field on road 12. Nobody was home so I opted to snap a few quick pics and paint this from my computer screen. I’ve been using synthetic brushes for these recent acrylic paintings, but bought a few new natural bristle brushes and man what a difference. The natural bristle brushes really made this painting look like it could have been done with oils.

Also, for this painting I opted to alter the colors from the photo. I desaturated the image on my screen so all I was looking at was a value photo (just lights and darks, no color). Then using a color scheme from a book “The Designer’s Guide to Color Combinations” I mixed my paints to match those colors instead. I did add some blue which wasn’t in the color scheme to give the painting a little life. I feel this helped simplify the painting and to give it a distinctive mood that otherwise wouldn’t have shown up had I painted from the photographs colors.

Eastern Washington Relics

eastern_washington_relics_lowres
Eastern Washington Relics, 2015
Acrylic on panel
11″ x 14″
$200

I had to pull in to check out these two nice old tractors down on road 12. The nice lady at the residence said sure, go paint away (thanks!). So as the sun was going down I set up my easle and painted for about an hour getting the basic composition and values down. I then took a few photos and added detail back in the studio.

The original sky, clouds & trees I had were too dark and defined so I lighted up the background quite a bit to make the tractors stand out.

Seating for Two

seating_for_two_lowres
Seating for Two, 2015
Acrylic on panel
11″ x 14″
$200

With my new acrylic paints and new brushes I set out to give them a try. Two unwanted kitchen chairs in front of the ’65 Ford was my subject. I sketched it out and got the basic composition down. After about one and half hours I took a photo with my phone and brought everything into the studio. Bringing the image up on the computer, I proceeded to add detail, focusing on the head light and the left chair. I think I like my new acrylics.

Stone Lantern

stone_lantern_lowres
Stone Lantern, 2015
Acrylic on panel
11″ x 14″
$200

This is the second attempt at painting this stone lantern at the Japanese Garden in Moses Lake. I adjusted the composition from the actual scene to make a more pleasing layout. Mainly lowering the horizon line and decreasing the size of the houses in the background. I also made every attempt at making the lantern and two trees next to it feel like one shape.