Saturday, March 29, 2014

ACEO - Spring 1

Looking out the window at the ploughed fields below the house ending at the start of the forest and the wind whipping the clouds across the sky, I thought that would make an interesting spring painting.

Using cobalt blue with a touch of burnt sienna added to grey the colour slightly, I brushed in the cloudy sky leaving a few areas of white paper showing for the sun touched clouds.

Once the paper dried completely I lightly sketched in the trees on the edge of the field and added in a few fence posts.

With various mixtures of burnt sienna, French ultramarine blue and raw sienna I painted in the furrows for a freshly ploughed field.

Along the edge of the field I painted in a row of trees. I dud the tree trunks with the darker field colour. For the leaves on the spring trees I used new gamboge, aureolin and cerulean blue.

While looking at the fence posts I decided that four posts over powered the rest of the painting, so I removed the two middle ones.

I thinned the tree trunk colour with water and put in the shading on the posts and with burnt sienna put in the top strand of barbed wire on the fence.

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 Windsor & Newton paint on 140lb. Arches 100% rag, acid free watercolour paper. It is priced at $20.00 and sold unframed.