Thursday, June 12, 2014

First Light

The creation of First Light.

How I begin to paint a landscape is that I'm usually inspired by a scene that I've witnessed, just imagination or the feeling I want to convey on paper (or canvas).  I've not gone out and done Plein Air, since my work is created digitally on a computer.  However for artists that wish  to do plein air with their iPad or smart phones,  one can actually create a painting or sketch on site or outside.  I shall mention this information at the next post.

First Light was inspired by a photo I took one morning walking my dog.  I always carry my phone and I use the camera from it.  I love snapping photos of interesting scenes, sunrises or sunsets.

Here is the original photo which inspired me:

Inspired Photo

Using Corel Painter X, blending out the sky
Corel Painter X, flipped the lighting to the right,  laying out the landscape
After this, I became fairly frustrated.  I honestly didn't know where to go with it.  Since I wasn't looking at a scene, I was trying to imagine all sorts of objects to put in this painting.  Trees, cliffs...?  I couldn't decide, so I left it for a day.  The following morning, I took the painting and used another digital art software called Twisted Brush Pro Studio.  I started playing with the "layers" and all of a sudden it just happened.....the mood was perfect (at least for me :))!  I added the trees.....see below:

First Light with Twisted Brush Studio Pro
To finish the painting I embellished it with more vegetation and darkened some areas.  Here is the final result:

First Light 2014

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