I can’t believe I’ve made it over the halfway mark in the #100meadows project! When I started, I was pretty sure that I wouldn’t even make it this far, but now it looks like I will easily reach 100 and beyond. I’m already thinking about what my next art challenge will be!
I still have a lot to learn, but it’s so encouraging to see how much improvement I’ve made just by daily discipline, practice, and reading up on oil landscape painting.
As usual, I’ll share each painting, some of my notes on them, as well as the inspiration picture.
I was excited about painting another barn, but the shape and color of this barn had me a little apprehensive. I like how the sky turned out and the overall color and composition, but this one ended up lacking value and depth, so it looks a little flat. I’m planning to give this one another try!
This one was a turning point for me, because it’s the first one I started with an underpainting sketch to work on composition and values before I added color. It does so much to add depth, but the brown paint (raw umber in this case) also calmed down some of my colors, making them look more natural.
No. 43 & 44
I painted two versions of this barn and I’m glad I did! It ended up being one of my most requested finished paintings so far. It has more of a folk art feel, which wasn’t what I was initially going for, but I let it evolve that way and stuck with it.
No. 45 & 46
I originally didn’t think much of this picture, but it was actually a perfect one to paint. The shadows add a lot of interest and it’s such a pretty sky. Number 45 ended up being one of my favorites so far.
No. 47 & 48
I decided to take on this picture, because I’ve been scared of painting hay bales! I tried to be more relaxed and leave some “chunkier” brush strokes. My brother said the hay bales ended up looking like meatballs. Hmm…
There were some victories for me, though. I like the way I captured light coming through the trees and the shadows around the bales, especially on the second one.
No 49 & 50
I decided to paint these to push me into painting some fall foliage. I played around with different brushes and strokes on these two, along with light and shadow.
No. 51 & 52
Number 51 ended up being another favorite of mine. I love the ones with a strong focal point and perspective lines. This one had great shadows in the field and that road disappearing into a clearing in the trees. Number 52 ended up being a little more whimsical and has a sense of motion.
I had been saving this picture until I felt confident to tackle it, but after the success of the road in 51, I decided it was time to try this curved road. I loved painting this sky and just a hint of the distant mountains. And I took a big step in painting detail in the foreground, too! We have some blades of grass, people!
By this point, I am totally hooked on underpaintings and I decided to play around with different colors. I used Indian Yellow mixed with Gamboge to see if a rich yellow underpainting would lend a warm glow. It definitely did!
No. 55 & 56
I tried another barn, two variations of it, for this pairing. I find red barns to be a bit more of a challenge and the fall foliage in the distance was tricky for me. I painted 55 with more time and detail and number 56 quicker and in fewer strokes. I have found this to be a good exercise, so I can feel freer to experiment.
I was so excited about this one, because of the blue bonnets in the field, but I didn’t take the time to do an underpainting and I feel like that shows. I also struggled with the composition and flat light of this one, but I loved painting that blue field!
No. 58 & 59
Number 58 is another favorite of mine. I loved painting the long shadows and I feel like I can see improvement in depth, color, and trees. Number 59 was a loose version of the same picture and I love how that one turned out, too!
And this is my very favorite one so far out of all of the 60. I love the tree, the sky, the barn, and the field of flowers. I’m also proud of the foreground, since that’s been such a struggle. This one just came together for me.
In addition to those 20, I also painted a couple of studies from other paintings I found online. These are copies of other artist’s work that I do for the purpose of learning, so they are not for sale.
The second barn is a study of an artist I admire, Heidi Malott…
It’s fun to explore the style of other artists and to discover why I’m drawn to their work. The hope is that as I see a subject through their interpretation, I can refine my own way of looking at the same subject.
Now, all of the paintings are dry and I’ll be varnishing them tomorrow, so the originals will be listed for sale soon.
Some are spoken for by the people who submitted the photos and I’m keeping a couple of my favorites, but the rest will be listed.
Until then, you can buy prints of all of them on Society6.