Look at that greenThose lyrics were the inspiration for this piece. I was torn on whether I wanted to try a redo on it, since truth be told, I really liked the original. It was one of my early pieces that I have been really proud of.
Out through the screen
After a quick rain came
So fast that
There wasn't time
To roll up the windows
And pull the clothes down off the line
But still, when I looked at it, I felt like I could just do better.
When I finished, I was really not sure I hadn't made a huge mistake. The finished update seemed so much darker than the original. It wasn't until just now, writing this post, that I thought "Yes, this is better."
Here is the original:
There are still a lot of aspects of the original I liked. I loved the way the sheets on the line turned out, and at the time that was the best tree I had rendered to date. When I set out to redo it, I wanted to concentrate on the sky and grass, make them look less.. brush-strokey, I guess? I also wanted to make the colours look a little more natural.
First thing I did was block in the areas around the tree, deck and clothesline in solid colours, adding texture in layers afterwards. This marked the first time I made any use of glaze in layer colours. I also made a lot of use of masking tape this time around on the railings. I tried to work using a back-to-front progression, which meant I ended up having to paint over some things multiple times.
For the clouds in the sky, I found a really helpful video tutorial on painting clouds.