Sunday, August 1, 2010

Struggling with the vineyard - study #1

Ever try to capture the impression of something without having to tediously paint details? I do it a lot, but I know I can do it better, and especially while painting from the reference photos I took last week at the Ledgewood Creek winery in the Suisun wine growing region. I need to get colors, values, and brush marks that reflect a strong impression of what I am trying to interpret from those photos. Not, not easy! This first attempt was done mostly with watercolor and little colored conte crayon and gouache (140 lb. cold press 14"X20"). I'll keep trying. I'll have some grape paintings to post soon that currently are lookin mo betta, but I need to master the vineyard asap for my weekend workshop at Ledgewood Creek coming up towards the end of this month.

6 comments:

jane minter said...

i'm surrounded by vineyards here david so will follow your vineyard paintings with interest..glad to have found your blog

AutumnLeaves said...

I don't know, David. Those leaves up front are divine and make me want to see beyond them. To be honest, the only thing that I personally find distracting is the white sunlight on the dirt. Still and yet, I usually don't know what I'm talking about and I just think this is one gorgeous watercolor!

msroxy said...

Beautiful

David Lobenberg said...

I'm working on this again today, Jane. I'll post the second study. Arrivederci.

David Lobenberg said...

I agree about the white, Autumn, and I need to define the foreground better.

David Lobenberg said...

Thank you Dr. Finch!!