Day 20 in the 30 in 30 Days Challenge
I loved the Vermont Farm that I recently painted. I felt that the composition and colors all worked. Sometimes that happens and it's a great feeling. So, I wanted to paint another Vermont farm or barn from our fall trip. I looked back at the composition and value sketches that I'd done for that piece, (click here for that blog post) and the other three didn't jump out at me. I went back to my photos and started looking at the close-ups that I'd taken of barns. I wrote down the numbers of the ones that seemed like they could be good paintings. Then went back through this list again, looking at and cropping and editing until I came up with four that I really liked. That took way over an hour. Those four became these sketches. Sketching took over an hour. Because drawing the angles, etc of the architecture matters, I used a grid for the sketches. Now, I'll look at these for awhile and soon begin the painting.