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A Barn… Of Course

October 20, 2021

If you read the previous post you know I decided to take a break from the pen & ink panels for the graphic novel and do a little traditional painting. Just a break, mind you… nothing permanent. For better or worse I WILL finish the graphic novel. But for a few days, I’ll paint.

I went with the surface I had in the storage cabinet, a 16×20 unfinished painting on stretched canvas. The painting was never going to be finished so I decided to just paint over it. Since it was an acrylic painting, that determined what medium I would use. So here was the beginning of the paint-over, blocking in the barn and cutting back some of the trees.

The paint on the canvas wasn’t very thick (see the foreground above) so it was fairly easy to just paint over it. Painting over thick acrylic just decreases the texture and makes the surface slippery. This one doesn’t quite have the tooth of a new canvas but it’s taking the paint well.

And here is where I stopped this afternoon:

The top photo was taken outdoors and the bottom one was indoors so the lighting is different. The barn is fairly faithful to the reference photo but I am taking some liberties with it as well as with the landscape. It will be fun to see where we go from here after such a long layoff from painting.

Stay turned.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. J R Secor permalink
    October 20, 2021 5:38 pm

    Very nice Ralph

    • October 20, 2021 7:26 pm

      Thanks, Richard. Still a lot to do. You know me… I’m a representational realist. Sort of.

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