Friday, June 14, 2013

Mystery in shadows and brilliant greens

This barn is only a few hundred metres from my house and I often notice great painting subjects around and within it while walking past with my naughty but cute dog. I painted this corner last summer, but less barn and included the lane going up the hill.
This week it was all about those bright fresh greens of early summer and the deep mysterious coolness of the barn interior in shadow.
To my absolute delight I had an unsuccessful painting to work on top of.

I was really fed up with this painting back in Easter on Bréhat. I got caught in a real downpour stuck out on the rocks!
Now I was thrilled to have this dry base to work on, with it's existing colours and textures.

I started with a dark glaze over the barn area...

Starting to place the greens, at this point it's becoming less of a seascape!

Putting more definition into those greens...

Adding the light colour of the sky...

All starting to come together, working on what is going on inside the barn from here on and little highlights for the cow parsley flowers.

I will try to take a better photo of the painting to show you tomorrow...


  1. Great post Haidee-Jo! I love seeing how you work over the old painting. I have not tried that yet but have plenty of failed paintings stacked in my studio! Thanks for sharing your process with this.

    1. Thanks Denise, I absolutely love working over existing paintings! You get to keep bits of colour showing through that you might not have thought to place there otherwise, but can really benefit the new work. You might like to turn the old painting upside down before you start, so you don't get too distracted by the recognisable subject matter. :-)

  2. Such an inspiration! Yeh!!!! Keep 'em comin'!


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