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by Poochie Myers

The Autum Farm
12" x 16"

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Acrylics Brushes Water Canvas
that's all you need!

the canvas size is 12" x 16"

The colors I used for this painting exercise are Titanium White, Cadmium Red Light, Medium Magenta, Phthalocyanine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Light, Acra Red, Permanent Light Violet

The brushes are size #12 flat bristle, #6 nylon, #3 flat nylon, small round sable.


Using a photo or directly looking at the objects begin your drawing. I usually use cadmium red for this but I'm kind of a wild person. I would use a pale blue if I wanted a softer feeling. Old barns need some zip.

Next I wash in some blue sky. I keep the paint thin for a long time while I paint. It dries faster and you can control it easier.

Wash in the foreground light green. Now you have a better view of the overall look of your work.


Begin now to add your dark accent areas - windows, doors, shadows. And add the rest of the foreground that is many shades of brown and orange.


These bans have a bit of red showing - roofs, doors, etc. You can never find enough red!! Also now you will begin adding some red shades in the grass and some parts of the buildings.

Put more paint on everything now. start with that sky adding lots of white and Phthalocyanine Blue in this instance (not every sky is this color) Now painting in some of those barn greys.

Begin adjusting all the colors now. Adding little bits of other colors in each area makes the painting much more interesting. Just keep adding paint!


See another Srep by Step Art Lesson - More Barns

I put this image in photoshop and changed the contrast so I could show you the path of the lights and darks. the sky is lighter at the bottom so it looks a little curved. The lights zigzag across the painting, like a dance. the darks punch in accents and help your eye "read" the painting left to right. That light roof on the left leads your eye up and into the sky and your eye settles on the red roof and hopefully says, "I think I'll just stay here."

The final painting after adjusting all the values one more time. When you paint you need to put several coats of colors on most of the painting. You wouldn't paint your living room with just one coat of paint...or would you.?


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