It is early spring in my part of the world . Snow has disappeared from the scene leaving behind only the remembrance of its winter existence.
It seems to me that it is at this time of the year when all seems to stand still. It is a time of waiting, waiting for the fresh greens of the grasses, the lemon greens of the new buds on the trees and the warming of the longer days. Perhaps it is just my impatience for the fresh experiences of painting from life that spring promises.
In the painting, 'A Farm Home In Spring' , my impatience shows. I have taken artistic liberty with the subject and added what I feel is a later spring theme. Heavier buds have been added to the branches of the trees, the browns in the early spring grasses give way to the fresher "young" greens of later spring. The overall warmth of the atmosphere has been heightened. And of course, what would a spring painting be without the addition of spring flowers ?
The painting support was a masonite panel coated with three applications of gesso. The gesso was applied with a well worn house painter's brush. The old brush with the gesso left a rough texture on the surface of the panel as each preceding application dried. This surface was not sanded prior to tinting.
The colours (palette) for this painting were, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Alizarin, Cadmium Red Med. Cadmium Yellow Med, Cadmium Lemon Yellow and Titanium White. After the initial "wash in" of the subject was applied, very little or no medium was used in the rest of the painting.
If there is a lesson here, it is that you have complete control over your painting. You determine its direction or future. You are the artist !