Another window, this time set into a log building. The logs were fun to paint – just broad swooshes with a brush, and then some detail. (I think I could use a few more wider dark swooshes in the upper 1/2 of the windows for the logs.) Here, as in yesterday’s painting, detail is important, but still needs simplification to express the window and the logs. Overall, I am rather pleased with this picture. My palette was very limited – burnt umber, burnt sienna, and ultramarine blue. Oh, I threw in some zoisite (DS) because I love its granualtion!
The other day I was trying to paint a something-or-other, and realized I had no idea how to paint something to suggest it, rather than give all the gory details. It may have been yesterday’s rocky cliffs. In particular, I started to think about buildings and windows. Stucco – brick – stone – how to express it without excess?
I decided lets start with just windows. Here is one set deep into a stucco building. I had to look at the shutters, the shadows, the casement, the small details such as hinges and cracks in the wood, as well as the shadows between the louvers.