Friday, January 1, 2010

Winter Tree Branches and Tree Branch Study

Due to problems with my Internet provider I have several paintings to add to the blog. Enjoy!

Winter Tree Branches Painting by Christopher Johnson
Winter Tree Branches Painting by Christopher Johnson


As part of the Learn and Master Painting course, I had to learn how to make different brush strokes. I couldn't practice the strokes exactly as instructed since I don't have an easel I can stand in front of while painting, but I tried.  I later made a more free flowing winter tree branch artwork for fun with a smaller wood panel.

Winter Tree Branch Study by Christopher Johnson
Winter Tree Branch Study by Christopher Johnson


The study uses oil paint while the winter tree branches artwork is in acrylic.  The colors are different in the works because even though the tubes show the same color, they are not the same. The burnt umber oil paint has a strong red tone while the burnt umber acrylic was more neutral. There is also some more variation in color because I added more white to the lighter trees in the acrylic version. I didn't feel I had enough contrast in the winter tree branches study.  I am sure I will try some more of these in the future!