Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Patty's Winter Barn
My sister Patty has long asked me to do a painting of a red barn for her, and particularly a red barn in the snow. Of course I have no *photos* of a red barn in the snow. I looked in the Resource Image Library at Wetcanvas but saw nothing that grabbed me. I guess part of the problem was that I had no interest in doing just any old barn.
In fact if I did a barn I wanted to do our barn in Canada! It's not red, but has red doors and red trim, and I thought that might do. But we only go there in the summertime so I have no photos of it in snow.
So this is sort of a combined picture taken from three sources:
1) A photo of the barn and edge of the farmhouse shed - but at high noon, so a flattish light and no shadows.
2) A plein air painting I did of almost identical scene, done in the green of August, but in late afternoon with long shadows.
3) A photo of a cabin in the snow from the Wetcanvas RIL
So I merged those three and used:
1) The vantage point of number one
2) The long afternoon shadows of two
3) The snow and snow-covered trees of three
And the above is what I wound up with! It's done on Art Spectrum Colourfix, the standard 9x12 sheet, but the picture is just 8x10 as that's the size frame I have for it, and I'll give it to Patty for Christmas.
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I like the purple shadows under the trees and the sunlight on the barn enhancing the red trim. Great job!
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