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Grandpa's Barn

Tom0779 28 May 2020

I made this one on a square canvas panel, measuring 30 x 30 cm. I wasn’t really focused and I am not too happy with the result. The main issue is that the whole painting is too dark. However the next one will be an oil painting. Hope for a better one.



Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Barns really are your thing my friend, even when it's somewhat out of perspective but I am certain this happens in real life as well!
For me, colouring and details are making up for it and makes this a great painting!

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks Voy Kay. It’s not my favorite, but it happens sometimes that I don’t like a painting from myself and others like it.

TalentZero Challenger

Your barn is amazing and I'm impressed with the variety of greens that all work together without getting "muddy." My only suggestion would be adding some details or just going back over the foot of the tree (right foreground) with some green to bring it down into the earth a bit. I'm in love with the spotty path. Well done!

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks TalentZero. The greens are all based on different mixtures between black and the yellows. I use carbon black acrylics. Maybe this isn´t a proper black.

You 've already an expert of cabins and barns.
I think it will be better if the root of a big tree is fixed.
To be honest, I'm not really looking at the real thing, so I'm not sure,
but it seems to float in the air.

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks Jin for the remarks. It looks different here at the photo, but I might put some additional grass on the bottom of the tree. I wasn´t really focused and I wanted to finish it quickly as in my opinion the bigger problem is that the panting is too dark. However, not every single one turns out to be a good one.

Tom, i think the path that is disappearing in the grass is super awesome! Your greens here are complex and different! You have depth here by having far away trees lighter and grayer. It is impressive how you do the barns!
If you want more mixes of greens get them mixed with Alizarin crimson it will give it some purplish shade which is super good for shadow parts of the green plants.

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks sunnylady. Nice idea to put in alizarin crimson into the green mix to create shadows in the grass. I will definitely try it. I think about creating a more transparent black by mixing crimson with phtalo green. That might be more transparent then carbon black or ivory black I usually use. I will correct this painting as recommended above by adding a bit green on the bottom of the large tree. Maybe I post it then again.

Aaaaah, I seeee. You use pure black, I do not use it often, I do not know how to handle it. It is very difficult color! It dulls colors way to much for me and I don't know how to use it in my best interests. I only use complimentary color to dull the main color when needed.

Another recipe for transparent black is burnt umber and phtalo blue, but you may want to add alizarin to it and phatlo green. depending what temperature you want to achieve.

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Well I rarely use the black purely. I use it with yellow to make a non bright green. This is the character of this painting here. I like to create the same atmosphere as Bob, but I think this black is too opake. Crimson is transparent, thus I think the mixture with phtalo green would create a transparent black.

Looking forward to hear about your experiments and see them!

Ivory black and ochre are semitransparent. But if you use it with cad yellow, cad yellow is opaque. That may be a contributor too.

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

I have corrected the foot of the tree (and additionally added some foliage on the huge tree) and uploaded the painting again as an original creation. Please let me know if you think it is an improvement.

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