Yesterday morning a great mist lay over the land so I rushed out on my bike with backpack on searching for a location to show off the mist to its best effect. Unfortunately by the time I settled on this scene the sun had burnt most of the mist away but you can still see a touch of it in the background.
First of all I loved the colour in the trees and I was thinking a lot about how much more dramatic a colorful scene is when it's set against a gray background. I was also thinking about the nice soft edges I was getting in my recent watercolours and focusing on trying to make the sunlit building glow as much as possible. To do that I used a brown for the thin shadows on the sunlit side instead of the much darker shadow colours I was actually seeing. You know how when you look through branches at the sun all those closer to the sun tend to get burned out and dissolve into the light? Same principal with a brightly lit object - which is a light source itself, so I think of it as a glowing light.
Here's what I think will look better if I do a larger painting of this...
And here are some notes I jotted about what to change...
Keep 'welcome' sign and foreground out of focus.
Keep far edges of main trees out of focus.
Maximize soft and hard edges.
Put figure and dog far down driveway with red top on.
Put in a couple of wobbly fence posts on right side of drive leading in.
Pay more attention to the light branch shapes.
Oh in case you're wondering why I called it Welcome, when the sign says "Keep Out", I intend to change the sign to say "Welcome" if I paint a larger version - the sign seemed a bit rude to me, I mean just look at that inviting driveway!
Catch you later,
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