Last September, I attended a wedding at the beautiful Lambertville Station Inn. It was a perfect night, clear and mild with a gorgeous sunset. I took a photo that evening of the New Hope – Lambertville Bridge with the sun going down behind it. I’ve always wanted to try and recreate it in a painting. Here is the result:
And the photo I copied:
Following the chart to 52 drawings this year.
I love all kinds of music and what I listen to is largely dependent on my mood and whatever activity I’m engaged in. When I am writing I tend to listen to music without lyrics so as not to be distracted by ‘words’ –this means soft electronic music, jazz or classical. In that spirit, I chose to draw a violin for my challenge this week and to share a few minutes of one of my favorite pieces of violin music: Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3
So… I posted the moonlit path I came up with on my own. But as per my conversation with Peter in the comments, I thought I’d share with you the new and improved version I painted after watching the beloved Bob Ross video I’ve included at the end. Just a few notes:
Bob used black and white gesso and then over painted with oils, whereas I used clear gesso to prepare my canvas before painting in acrylic. Next I used Mars black for the underpainting and then sponge painted (natural sponge) the light source with Titanium white. I did use a foam brush for my tree trunks and followed Bob’s technique for painting in the branches and highlighted undergrowth. I decided to stop at that point and leave it as a black and white painting. As I have discovered in other attempts, oil painting techniques don’t always translate to acrylic. Nevertheless, even if you don’t paint, this video is sure to make you happy! First, here is my painting:
Here is the master: