DESIGNS, COMPOSITION & WORKING FROM PHOTOS
As I think back to my very first art experience I remember sitting with my dad and watching him sketch, paint or carve various art projects. In the short 8 years I had with him one of my fondest memories is of him teaching me how to draw a tree. I think that is why to this day I enjoy working up my ideas in pencil first. When working from a photo I like to make a black & white copy of it. This helps me see the subtle transitions between the lights and darks and their shapes. Black and white photos flatten out the image more to show us the shapes of the shadows and spaces around and on the subject.
CARDINAL ON AN APPLE TREE BRANCH
I used an analogous color scheme on the painting. I wanted it to feel warm and vibrant like a fall afternoon. Analogous colors sit next to each other on the color wheel. I used the Cardinal and the apples as my main color and then built my scheme around that. I always have my color wheel close at hand.
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