This is a beautiful sunlit barn outside of Bellville, Texas. My friend Myrrh and I were driving around looking for our next scene to paint when we came across this delightful barn and a bright orange tractor parked in front of it. I love the shape of the barn, Fisher Price has nothing on this barn! The sun was getting low in the sky, this was a late afternoon scene, and the face of the barn and the orange tractor were many shades of orange, yellow and red. I could see the face of the barn getting more yellow and warmer as I painted and time passed.
When we pulled up to this location I set up and grabbed a 16″x20″ canvas. After painting for 10 minutes I decided I wasn’t crazy about the design of that painting. There was another barn next to this one and I was painting half of that barn and half of this barn, the focal point was really the space in between the two barns. It might have worked, but when I’m outdoors painting I’m forced to make quick decisions. I had to decide whether I wanted to continue with that idea, or toss that aside and try a smaller painting that I would be certain I could at least finish. In retrospect I took the safe route by painting this smaller piece. I suppose I should be braver and push myself more. But in my defense, this was the third painting for the day and I am not as fresh as I am in the early morning. But I need to remember to take more chances with composition when I’m out there.
Below is a 50 second stop action movie of me painting. You will notice after a short while I do toss aside the larger canvas and start over on this 8″x10″.
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