Saturday, October 12, 2013

ACEO - April Showers 1

Today I had to take in my paintings for the Still Life and Objects Show at Art On Kent and sit at the gallery. The opening Reception for the new show is on 18 October from 6-7:30pm.

While I was at the show I worked this painting that I started earlier this year (see post on 18 July 2013) which was originally called Grey Sky G.

I started by drawing in the river so that I would have a guide for placing the trees on each bank.

Then I indicated the distant trees on the horizon line.

Once I put in the tree trunks it was time to start painting them with various mixtures of French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna to put on the bark and branches on the trees.

A raw sienna and Antwerp blue wash was used as a base colour for the grass on both sides of the river bank and a darker mix was applied with a sponge as some of the leaves.

French ultramarine blue was added to darken the green mix and the closer grasses were brushed in on both sides of the bank and then some of this colour was sponged in for the tree leaves.

If you would like more information about ACEO please go to my post on 11 March 2010.

The ACEO shown here is an original watercolour painting using Artist quality Winsor & Newton paint on 300lb. Arches 100% rag, acid free watercolour paper. It is priced at $20.00 and sold unframed.