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:
|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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