Saturday, December 8, 2012

How I Edited to Make a Nice Painting

When I looked at my resource material I was not impressed and almost decided not to paint this picture, but I did a lot of editing and made a nice watercolor landscape.

Rural Landscape with Floral Foreground

My resource materials did not have the flowers or the fencepost in the foreground I added them to give more interest. There were hills in the background but I added the distant mountain. There were many buildings in the resource material that I edited out, I moved the two I chose to give the picture a point of interest. I built up the road from what I had to work with so it would lead the eye into the picture in a pleasing way. I was concerned that the colors were all too cool. I struggled to warm it up a bit by adding warmer colors to the values. The trick with adding warm colors is that I didn't want to mute the red of the barn.

It is on a sheet of 9x11, 140 lb cold press watercolor paper.

I am very happy with the results of this painting and hope you enjoy looking at it.


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