Ugh, I should have stopped at the sketch.
Tonight I’ve been painting along with Peter Sheeler, an artist whose YouTube channel I admire. I quite liked this painting of an old farm house and the telephone pole.* I made three renditions: two 4.5″ by 11″ and one 3.5″ by 2.5″. I like the small one best, and that’s probably because the small format lets me get away with using a small amount of detail.
Part of the problem with the larger example is a bit of impatience on my part. I didn’t wait for the grass to fully dry so I got some unwanted blooms at the bottom edge of the fence. The rest, I think, comes down to technique.
I don’t know what to do with the grass to make it look believable. I tried to layer some colors but it just looks splotchy. Likewise the leaves on the trees are a hot mess.
I do like the tree’s shadow on the ground and of course the telephone wires, but those are done with marker, of course.
But, I keep at it. I do wish I had an teacher over my shoulder providing real-time instruction and specific things to practice. Picking up techniques in bits and pieces from YouTube kinda makes my head spin a little bit.
*I’m becoming slightly obsessed with painting telephone poles.