Tuesday, September 15, 2015

ACEO - Four Seasons

I spent most of the day working on a number of small paintings that I had started a while ago and should be finished (see posts on 07 July 2012, 18 July 2013, 14 July 2014, 24 July and 07 August 2015).

With this group of paintings, since they were completed to the same stage I could work on one, set it aside to dry and then work on another.

Spring Forest 3

For the first one I used a Antwerp blue and new gamboge for the lighter leaves and set it aside to dry.

When I came back to it I used a darker mixture of the same two colours and added a touch of raw sienna and did the darker leaves.

Summer Forest 3

For the second one which was again mainly green foliage I used Antwerp blue, raw sienna and French ultramarine blue for the lighter leaves on the background trees and a few onto the foreground tree.

Once it had dried I darkened the mixture with more French ultramarine blue and put in the next layer of leaves on the middle area trees and some onto the foreground tree.

Lastly, I added a touch of alizarin crimson to the green mixture and put in the darkest layer of leaves on the foreground tree.

Autumn Forest 3

The first layer of leaves on the background trees were painted with raw sienna and set aside to dry.

The middle trees were put in with various mixtures of new gamboge, alizarin crimson and aureolin.

It was time to start on the foreground tree. Using mixes of alizarin crimson, cadmium red and cadmium yellow the leaves were painted.

Lastly, I added a few falling leaves and some that had already fallen onto the ground in the grasses.

Winter Forest 3

This last one just needed a few more burnt sienna leaves added to the foreground tree and it was finished.

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

The ACEO shown here are all original watercolour paintings using Artist quality Winsor & Newton paint on either 140lb. or 300lb. Arches 100% rag, acid free watercolour paper. They are priced at $20.00 each and sold unframed.