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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, May 19, 2014

Tim's Truck

This painting was designed as a lesson in composition using elements from separate photos and combining them into a  unified composition.  The truck is from a picture my brother took at a winery in the Napa Valley (it wasn't blue - it was rusty!)  The building is from a photo my friend Patricia took in the country outside of Wapakoneta, Ohio.  The colors/atmosphere of the painting come from another picture I saw on the internet.  I liked the yellows and violets in the sky contrasted with the blue truck and the purples in the building, combined with the bright greens intensified by the setting sun.  I want my painting students to see how different elements can successfully be used in one painting.

The painting is 9" x 12" and is painted on 140 lb. Acquarello cold-pressed watercolor paper with mostly Holbein watercolors.

3 comments:

CrimsonLeaves said...

How fabulous this is, Barb. Combining old barns and old trucks is genius. Love the foreshortening in the truck too. Exquisite! Love that soothing palette so much.

Barb Sailor said...

Sherry - thanks for the positive comments on this one. I appreciate them.

lesliepaints said...

Love the front end of that truck, Barb. The grill and the fenders look to work together to form a heart shape. Great use of composition. Placed in the sweet spot, that shape drew me into the painting.