This watercolor landscape painting began as a demonstration for a Landscape Painting Class . This particular class focuses on the most efficient and effective techniques needed for painting watercolor landscapes. Since the class is held indoors, we work from photos . The two reference photos are shown below. In this particular class, we combined images from the two photos while simplifying the subject and focusing on large shapes and in applying three basic kinds of watercolor washes – flat, graded & variegated. By the end of class, the large foundation washes had been applied. I finished the painting in my studio principally by adding the touches of value, color and especially the textures needed to depict that time in autumn when the fields have been harvested, the leaves are gone and frost has removed the life and color from any remaining vegetation.
The reference photos are from scenes that are near but across the road from each other. The sweeping, quiet rhythm of the fields from the left photo was attractive to me but I felt it needed more focus. Adding the farm buildings and road from the right photo added the point of focus needed.
As is my tendency, the color in the finished painting has been enhanced with additional “chroma” or intensity and the field shapes along with the road enhance the feeling f movement. I’m attracted to both the rhythm and contrast of open fields – both cultivated and uncultivated. As mentioned above, farm fields – after the harvest – and open fields in the time after frost have unique textures. Suggesting these textures is a visual cue as to the season – despite the color that is more expressive than realistic.
The original painting is approx. 10″ x 14″ and is mounted and matted to 16″ x 20″, for easy, low-cost framing . Shipping is $6.95 to any address in the U. S.