Monday, April 20, 2015
Creating a Landscape - Aspens (Part 2)
Size: 30 by 24 inches
This (still unfinished) piece was done in water based oils and portrays a forest of quaking aspens in fall.
I normally don't like doing landscapes, but this piece was really fun. I didn't plan or sketch out any of this painting, which is rather different than how I normally paint. This was just painting colors on top of brush strokes on top of colors, which was actually very enjoyable.
The longer I'm in art classes the more I realize that I seem to have a fondness for projects that soak up time like a sponge. It's always like "Okay, I'm going to throw another 2 hours at my canvas. I'll let you know if there's any visible progress!" Longer projects always feel like more of an adventure, as you have to discover the picture as you go. In any painting or drawing you never quite know exactly how it will turn out until you finish, and with a little sketch you know within the hour how it turned out, but on the long projects you learn about it as you go. You see it shaping up differently than you imagined, but still right somehow.
I'd still like to to add more leaves, but overall, I'm happy with how this project is coming together. :)