Christmas Common Sketches – leading to larger painting

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Technique, Work in progress | 2 Comments

I have been playing about with some small sketches in pencil and in gouache and pencil.

It was useful to do a black and white pencil sketch first to establish the composition and layout within this wide format. Also to establish the movement in the scene and try to resolve some of the tonal problems. Looking from a dark area into the sunlit areas beyond the trees without making too much of a silhouette of the trees was one problem and how the feeling of light shining through the trees would work tonally was another problem to be considered.

Cristmas Common_Pencil_700

When it came to the gouache sketch below, I knew I didn’t want too much contrast between the dark and light areas and decided to try and use colour to create the effect I wanted.

Christmas Common_Sketch_700

By making the foreground shadow areas warmer and the light areas cooler, like the blue in the distant trees in the centre, it has created some depth in the picture and a nice feeling of dark into light, without making it too tonally depressing.

To see what I have done with the larger painting in acrylic CLICK HERE!

 

2 Comments

  1. Jean & Alan Pickering
    August 9, 2014

    Hi Alan,

    We would quite like to buy both the ” Woods at Christmas Common” sketches!
    The pair makes an interesting show of progress. If you wanted to keep them until you finish a larger work we quite understand. Hope you are both proceeding along well and look forward to seeing you at Jan & Terrys “do”.

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    • Alan
      August 27, 2014

      Hi Jean and Alan, I have just picked up on your request and am very happy for you to buy the two sketches. I have had the colour one framed in a simple off-white frame and as they are bothe the same size aand would look good hung together I will frame the pencil drawing the same. If you would like a different frame when you see them I will refund the frame price.

      I will send you an private email shortly! Best regards

      Alan

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