M a r y- K r a u s e

 

I sketched the idea I had with a water-based marker. Mt. Mansfield was fresh in my mind. The sky and the mountain were painted easily in about two hours. I added colors from other parts of the painting to the mountains to unite the painting as the painting progressed.

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  Blocking in basic colors and squaring up buildings was next. I made sure I had a good shadow core on the small silo. I considered changing the shape of the trees in front of the house but decided to keep the shape even though the trees looked rather like a lollypop. I removed the ladder leading up to the hay loft.
 
 
I blocked in a tractor with loader bucket in the front barn and painted the hay trailer.
 
  The shadow core and straight edges are important to give the silo weight. The placement of the tractor is bothering me. It feels too far back.
 
  The outbuildings on the left need to be shaped. There is sunlight that should fall on part of the house. The placement of the cows bothers me. Should the tractor be pulling hay?
 
  I put highlights on the trees. The cows were moved forward. The tractor was moved forward. I laid the mid and foreground in. I painted the tractor and removed the hay behind it by rendering the lowlands at the foot of the mountain.. The front cow bothers me. I put rust on the silo and the middle barn. I also put shrubs against it.
 
  I added the sunlight hitting part of the house. I finished rendering the tractor. I need to square up the front barn and finish the roof. The road needed shadows. I also applied the same blues to the grass to connect the grass to the soil. I drew the front barn shorter than it is to allow the depth of the background to show to the right of it. The yellow road bothers me. I think I need to add peach and violet instead of yellow ochre.
 
  I squared up the front barn and put the rust on it The silos needed some detail and are now finished. I corrected the cow. I added dust around the tractor to show movement.I added blue shadows to the left foreground bushes. The road has more peach and violet. The right silo is finished. I added pencil lines for the barbed wire. Pencil disapears in some light and shimmers in strong light, just like a real wire.

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