“Hay at the End of the Day” Oil Painting

| July 31, 2010
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“Hay at the End of the Day” – 10×20, Oil on Linen

Hope you are are having a great start to the weekend! Above is the final of “Hay and the End of the Day.” All I really needed to do was work the foreground. Frankly, it was a an experiment. I first laid in dominant tones with oils thinned with odorless mineral spirits. I then proceeded to build up layers – working lights and darks as I went along. My primary goal was to keep the stokes loose while indicating enough form to do the subject matter justice. I know the visual path is not ideal but I was really just focusing on laying the paint down. Sometimes I have to take things one step at a time to make progress. In all, I am pretty happy with this one and I feel like I learned a few things along the way. Now for more practice!

Update: I am actually going to try the foreground again. I liked the overall impression on this one but feel the execution could be better. What did I just say about more practice!

Category: Fine Art and Painting

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  1. Whenever I see a painting like this, it’s hard for me to objectively admire it because I’m envious. You really nailed the colors here! And if I haven’t said it before, you’re one of the most talented artists I’ve seen. I confess I’ve sort of viewed you as a photographer who so happens to paint. But now I see you’re farther along than I am. Great job!

    I’m not sure I’d play too much with that foreground. It’s certainly a bit looser than the background, but I think that’s really an asset.

  2. Lee says:

    That is very kind of you to say Martyn. I still have a ton to learn and am always looking at more accomplished artists wishing I was there. You have the drive and a ton of years for practice. As John Taft has told me, think of art as your instrument and the only way to get better is to keep practicing. Your art will “sing” in even your own eyes eventually!

  3. AutumnLeaves says:

    A truly gorgeous end result, Lee. I so love rural landscapes such as this one. Looks like many places right around where I live!