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Peaceful Color

October 18, 2017
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A Quiet Place, 16×20, Acrylic

The two paintings in my previous post were part of five acrylic paintings I’ve done in the past month. This is another one of those five. (One of them was a clinker and has been painted over.) This painting, A Quiet Place, is one that started out as one scene and morphed into something else. While there are still a couple of things to be done, there is just something about this one that I can’t explain. Maybe it’s the color. Maybe it’s the shadows and the light. Or it might be the almost borderline storybook quality about it that appeals to me.

There was a reference photo in the beginning. I did a preliminary study (seen below) that had sheep in it. The sheep were replaced by a cow. The painting was almost finished but as I let it sit and as I studied it, I wasn’t happy with it. I finally painted out the cow and what remained was this painting. Now I’m happy with it. It already has a potential buyer, but even if that doesn’t go through, I’m still pleased with this painting.

To show where this acrylic painting started, I’m attaching the preliminary gouache study:

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The setting came from a random 70 mph highway shot, and the scene as painted was pretty faithful to the original photo.  The sheep and the bluebonnets were added. I normally tend to stay close to the original reference photo as far as composition is concerned. Yes, it’s just a guide, but it’s my view that I took that shot for a reason and even at 70 mph I try to compose the image as I shoot it. For me, the reference photo is very often part of the process.

It’s a sweet painting, and I’m okay with that.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2017 11:06 am

    It is a gorgeous painting, it is peaceful and yes, sweet but it has “presence” that supersedes that sweetness. A winner!

  2. Linda Olsen permalink
    October 18, 2017 11:14 am

    I agree with Margaret. The finished product is gorgeous; the composition and light is wonderful. Releasing the livestock and painting the bluebells just added to perfection. I’d have a difficult time selling this one if it was mine!

    • October 18, 2017 12:40 pm

      Wow, thanks Linda! If I had a place to hang it, I’d probably live with it for awhile.

  3. Roberta Sawatsky permalink
    October 18, 2017 11:41 am

    Oh, the beauty and realism of the painting made me gasp. It is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. October 18, 2017 12:47 pm

    NOTE: I inadvertently deleted a comment from someone and can’t figure out how to get it back. It was a very nice comment and I hate to lose one of those. My sincerest apologies to the commenter!

  5. October 18, 2017 1:25 pm

    This is so beautiful,

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