For my most recent painting, I did something kind of fun. I took pictures of it in each phase along the way so you could watch it come to life.
I had a custom order and was given a picture to paint. The picture wasn’t very bright, but had a gorgeous layer of fog in the background floating over an old church. Like always I used acrylic paint. The main colors I used were raw umber, titanium white, burnt sienna, black, yellow ochre, forest green, a crimson, and a light mocha tan color.
As I painted along, there were some phases that I loved, and some that I hated, but in the end I am happy with the end product.
Have a look for yourself.
I started out by laying down my basic starting background.
Next, I used a super muted grey to add in trees in the distance. I only did the top portion of the tree on the right because I knew I’d be adding in a church to cover the bottom half.
Then I added in my first layer of fog over the trees.
Next I sketched in my church.
Then I brought my church and a few surroundings closer to the foreground to life.
I quickly fogged them right up too.
Then I started on my non-foggy foreground trees and brush.
Threw in some darker, dead brush.
Filled in some background.
A few finishing touches, and a perfectly imperfect fence. Voila!
I’m happy with my finished product.
Painting is always a fun distraction from pain and other bothersome symptoms. And in a weird way, it’s actually a bit relaxing. I’m glad it was my 2016 ‘new thing to try’.