A Facebook group I’m a member of posted a “challenge” photo for members to paint, and it’s been a while since I painted a landscape so I was keen to give it a go.
This was my first attempt (painted yesterday), and I fell straight into a trap I’ve fallen into before (many times) – painting exactly what I see, rather than trying to edit it. While it didn’t turn out terrible (I call it a successful failure), I just felt that it wasn’t “me”. The colours are actually quite close to “right”, and the drawing is accurate, but … it’s just kind of boring, and way too busy.
So this morning I decided to do it again, painting straight over yesterday’s painting. I washed over it with a translucent white which let me trace the drawing, but this time I used my favoured black outlines. I moved and expanded the creek and eliminated the big ditch on the left.
This is how it turned out – a lot simpler, a lot warmer and more inviting, and a lot more fun. It’s acrylics on canvas, 16×12″.