Monday, June 8, 2009

More Barns..............







Okay,.... I know some of you are crying "Uncle" by now and saying, "Oh no, more barns?", but for whatever reason, that's what I've felt like painting these past several days. I don't know where the inspiration for such comes from, but I do know that I love to try to capture the texture of the old wood and the "splintery" feel of the weathered boards. I guess it's that rustic quality that draws me. I also know that as time marches on, these old staples of days gone by are slowly crumbling away and there'll come a point in time when there will be none left. The only reminders we'll have will be photographs and paintings, such as these.




The two pieces that feature the red buildings aren't quite finished yet. I am letting them dry as they're still a little tacky, then I'll be adding a few more details; trees, fenceposts perhaps, etc.




These were all done with an Acrylic underpainting for the buildings, then Oils over the top and for the background and foreground. That way I can get the best of both worlds. Lots of definition and detail on the structures and the blendability and softness of the Oil background. It's impossible to get that amount of detail in the barns without letting it dry for 3 or 4 stages. With this approach I can bring it to this degree of refinement in one sitting. Adding any details from this point is very quick and easy.

8 comments:

Queen*B Studio said...

Hey! I like your barns! :)

Wilson said...

Thanks, Dawn. I think it's time to switch subject matter, though. But, I never do get tired of painting barns. lol

Unocchio Vecchiaccio said...

Great Barns, Willy. I'm with you on the barns... you just can't do too many barns and old buildings

Wilson said...

I like to paint everything, but barns and animals are my favorites.
Every once in a while, I go through a still life phase, too. That ranks high on my list, as well.

Christy McGuire said...

You do the best barns! I love them! I really like the detail on them! (:

Unocchio Vecchiaccio said...

yeh...yu da man ...da barn man!!
Keep on giving us those great barns.

Wilson said...

Thanks, Christy. It's just something about that rough texture of the old wood that appeals to me.
And Maurice,....be careful what you wish for or I just MAY give you more old barns!! lol

Nic said...

It's all good, Wilson! When I was in art school, a lot of the professors (and one of the visiting artists) referred to me as "train boy". LOL! You can be "Barn Man" :-)