Clouds over grassy knolls

Progression paintings for the new 18″x24″ acrylic painting I’ve been working on.

I wanted a bright autumn tree against a dark sky showing signs of winter coming. Here’s the first layer:

The dark clouds in the sky felt way too dark. I tried repeatedly to get it to lighten up. You can see some of the background mountain and trees here too.

You can see the dark clouds lightened up quite a bit here and I’ve added the trunks for the trees I want to be in the mid-ground, Also working on the trees, brush, and ground on the left side of the painting.

I finally decided I had to quit tinkering with the dark background clouds and get to work on my main tree. I’ve put it in and a tree on the left a little closer in the foreground. Built up this grassy knoll on the left side too. I really didn’t know if I liked it or not, but why should the land be flat. I decided to let it be and see what developed with it. The fun is in the exploring, right?

The final painting. I pushed in more weeds around the grassy knoll, which did remain, but I discarded the second tree stump closest to the right side of the canvas. It just didn’t look good, especially when I started the younglings along the left side of the remaining tree.

I love how the road divides this, making it look like fall has taken a deep hold on the right side along with the incoming storm while the right side sees fall coming, but is holding out the last breaths of summer. Hmm, I wonder if that’s a good title for this painting. That, as of right now, hasn’t been decided.

I’m thinking about framing this up, but I haven’t gotten that far yet. It’ll have to wait until I get home from Wizarding Dayz.

Speaking of which, I should probably go continue getting ready for the show. I hope you enjoyed taking a look at the progression of this painting.

Happy adventuring.

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ACEO of the Week – 04/1/17

magical-landscape-2017-4
Magical Landscape 2017-4
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2017 Dawn Blair
For Sale

Happy April Fool’s Day.

I have no joke to play on your today. Instead, you can see another beautiful ACEO. This is the other ACEO I promised you awhile back that was inspired by the PicsArt app.

Rather than pulling pranks on other people, why don’t you check out the ACEO’s I have on auction? It’ll be a much better use of your time, I promise.

New painting

Hi, all!

I’ve posted a new painting at Boundless Gallery. It’s called Reflections in the Breeze and it’s absolutely beautiful.  Take a look for yourself.

available at Boundless Gallery
available at Boundless Gallery

There are additional images of the paintings, closeups of the painting as well at Boundless Gallery. I also hope to have prints available at art.com soon. Speaking of art.com, I’ve added a link from here directly to my gallery there. It’s a great spot to get prints of some of my older artwork as well as my photography.
Oh, and I have more coming soon. I’ve been working on something a bit different. Still landscapes, but different than anything I’ve been doing so far. And eye-stoppingly beautiful. Absolutely brilliant. (Sorry, my sons have been watching Doctor Who and it’s a bit contagious!) I can’t wait to start posting them. It’ll be almost as exciting as painting them.
Until then…