Lesson & Demonstration follow Lunch...

Aerial Perspective is explored followed by optional ways to begin a painting...

Demonstration in Acrylic begins...Ten colors used for this painting:
Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cad Yellow Medium, Lemon Yellow, Cad Red Medium,
Alizarin Crimson, Vermilion, Viridian, Permanent Green Light & Titanium white.

Following quick thumbnail sketches of a distant scene,
Diane begins sketching in paint the large shapes of the subject -
a middle-ground group of trees with cows, and distant trees as a background.
This is a workable scene to paint a simple composition that works in the glare of midday light...

Here is the inital painted demo sketch...even using painted lines,
the big shapes are shown first.

Painting is developed. Dark to light, however, not too dark as acrylic tends to dry darker
than when first applied to the canvas. Diane keeps the painting wetted
while working so as to give the appearance of an oil painting.
Acrylic, if not careful, can rersult in a "plastic" appearance once dry.
To create a more natural looking painting, keeping the surface of the canvas and
palette moist is paramount. Some colors are mixed on the palette then applied
to canvas, others are applied wet-into-wet directly to the canvas surface.

Since the subject is about 100 yards away
(with cows resting under shady trees) there is not much detail to the eye.
Therefore, in the left photo Diane indicates the shapes of the cows
by laying-in the shadows with cool colors.
At right, the addition of what can be viewed as large, dark spots on cows
and highlights from the sun help them "read" as cows.
While this painting is not yet completed (referred to as a "plein-air" sketch),
however, it gives an impression of of cows resting in the shade
beneath autumn trees.


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