Monday, February 8, 2010

More about the barnyard painting

Here are some of the participants of Snowcamp W enjoying a fine cigar. It snowed today so we painted from under the porch of the inn.

OK, back to the analysis of the painting I have been showing the last few days. Here is , as requested in the comments, a photo of the location, I will post a photo of the painting below that for comparison.

I have made a number of design driven changes in the landscape. Some of these are;

  • I "humped" up the mountain more to make it more important.
  • I moved the little cart on the right, to the left and into the cluster of objects surrounding the barn.
  • I threw reflected light up into the barn and the house to make them light and glowing.
  • In front of the barn I edited out "Casper".
  • I forced the hay rolls in front of the barn onto a diagonal line leading up and to the right.
  • I have edited and simplified the tracks in the snow that are the lead in.
  • I dropped the value of the snow in order to leave myself room above its value to place my sunlit highlights.
Another commenter asked that I break down the painting of the barn and its grays. Tomorrow I will do that.


barbara b. land of boz said...

Stapleton , thank you--- I have just come from a "Super Bowl" party.Go Saints YEAAAAAAAAAAA!
This is the perfect ending to my day. I have read that what you read before you sleep is a great part of what you retain. So I try to read something that will have an impact on me.. to the good side any way.
I have only to follow the "suggestions" and I shall overcome>>>>>>>> RIGHT!
It is hard, I think I have done my best! But it is a little deeper then that. I have to learn to see beyond what I think might be the answer to the problem I am having.
You are very kind to share your thought process with us!
barbara b.

barbara b. land of boz said...

BTW..... I hope snow camp W is going well. I am afraid to wish you snow again!! I think your painting is quite wonderful.

Jim Polewchak said...

It's 7 above here in Ohio, but no mountain views. I went "Snow painting" yesterday and got some curious stares, as I predicted.
Thanks for the great instruction and inspiration.
At my old farm house, I've got heavy weapons parked here, versus tractors and such. Might make an interesting painting!

alotter said...

And it looks as if you decided at one point to put the tree in back of the barn, but left vestigial traces of the trunk on the side and roof of the barn. Something I would never have noticed but for the photo comparison.

Anonymous said...

Your blog/knowledge and wisdom about painting and the truely rare ability to deliver it to us, is such a wonder in my life. I live in the desert near Palm Springs, Each Sunday I drive 400 miles miles r/t to paint the ocean, crossing the mountains following the snowplow at 6 am. Your blog has given me legs for painting surf, beach and bushes. I have ordered my Cabellas and will take the 30 min tram ride to the top of our mountain, 10k, to try out this info on the real thing. You have given me a compass to create my own map. Thank you
coutho, a hale fellow well couthed

billspaintingmn said...

Very creative Stape! You orchestrate like a Mistro.
When I look at You & those ladies
with cigars, I figure there's a
"Marx Brothers" joke waiting to happen..

Stapleton Kearns said...

Jim ;
Let em stare, you've got an 8 pounder at home,do they?

Stapleton Kearns said...

I will put the rest of that tree ion when I reopen the project in the studio.A one shot 18 by 24 is full of little glitches.

Stapleton Kearns said...

Thank you, I will bet your efforts will pay dividends. people who are successful are willing to do things that others will not.

Stapleton Kearns said...

All of a sudden I was surrounded by them all and they had cigars. I did not set it up, they just had em!

Stapleton Kearns said...

Thank you.I hope I am not putting you to sleep.