I've been well out of my comfort zone, working on this landscape. Somebody wants a John Meyer, but he can't afford one, so muggins was asked to have a bash - it looks nothing like a J.M. - I think I'm physio- and psycho-logically incapable of painting so meticulously and painstakingly, but it has a little farmhouse, nestled amongst fields and mountains, which is characteristic of many of his landscapes. If the buyer doesn't want it, well, I've learnt a lot by doing it, and am even quite keen to do some more now, hoping I'll remember to:
-mix really dark darks so I don't have to do layer upon layer to get them
-use different size brushes for different sized features so they don't all look like the same 'blob'
-vary my greens and earth colours more for interest's sake
And I realise now that a big problem doing landscapes has been that I draw way too big! I eventually squared up my reference photo and traced it out to get the tiny farmhouse in proportion to the mountains. I also would rather use a looser style, with more white space, as Laura has been talking about and does so beautifully...
(Oh, this is 48 x 36 cm on Bockingford paper, which I quite like - must NB that too)
Spring is busting out all over here, I'm itching to paint some of it - but have to do a bit of home management first - astonishing how fast it spirals out of control!