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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Red Barn


Watercolor sketch, 9 x 11" (22.8 x 27.9 cm).
I may re-do this one at a later date; I got the perspective wrong on the barn. However, I was pleased with how the field came out--I used a 3/4" (1.9 cm) flat brush to create a drybrush effect. Also I thought the scraping technique worked well for the foreground grasses--I used the edge of a credit card for a scraper!

5 comments:

phthaloblu said...

Wow, this is beautiful. I didn't even notice the perspective being off. Breathtaking. You certainly are talented.

Steve said...

Thank you so much! What a wonderful complement. I'm so glad you enjoy the painting.

martha said...

Wonderful painting! And I like how the little drawing is in the margin too: makes for a great overall effect.

seesue said...

Steve I love this sketch. So much so that if I wasn't nuts over my current screensaver I'd be slipping this in for a while. What paper have you used? I don't notice the grain of a w/c paper so I'm surprised that you could pull the colour out so well with your credit card.

Steve said...

This was painted in a Holbein sketchbook. It's sort of an all-media book, and the paper is something on the order of 80-90 lb. There's not much tooth to it, so it's not a classic watercolor paper; but the technique I've been using lately calls for a very thick paint (think heavy-cream consistency) so I'm able to pull off a watercolor painting without much buckling. It's an honor to hear that this painting is screensaver/wallpaper worthy! :)