I thought you might enjoy seeing how Apple Tree was developed as an oil pastel painting.
First, an underpainting was done using acrylic white and ultramarine paints. Limiting to one color to concentrate on only forms and values of the scene. This was a cool underpainting, I could have easily turned the painting into a seascape with a raging sea – do you see it too?
Next step was paint in the sky (cobalt blues) and establish the darks (Sepia, Indigo Blue and touches of dark-cool grays) in the apple tree and begin to develop the background landscape. The painting was set aside for a bit because I needed to figure out how to do the background orchard without it interfering with the foreground tree leaves and blossoms, and not be too complex with detail.
It was decided on mid and light-value range colors (mid and light-value Vandyke Brown of Holbeins, and cool-grays) for the background orchard. Once painted, I was able to scratch a bit of the paint back to letting the ultramarine show through some. Also I worked on the mid-ground tree allowing the underpainting to show through for a little depth to the scene. and finally the foreground grasses were beginning to be established.
Next, some tree branches on the foreground tree were worked in so I could establish the knobby shape of the apple tree, additional tree trunks in the background were developed, a wood fence was painted into the scene and more foreground grasses and a footpath. The grasses were painted in, then scraped away to find patterns, then painted in again. It’s a process that I follow to develop thick patches of grass.
Finally the leaves and blossoms were painted in – once the initial dark and medium layers were laid down, I scraped them with a razor blade to smooth them out a bit, spread the OPs and also to establish patterns. I used a painters knife to scrape onto the surface flower blossoms and leaves that would stand out – many colors were used here (pinks, magentas, whites and creams). The darks pushed the apple tree forward giving it some distinction from the background orchards. Various other aspects of the foreground grasses and background orchards were more fully established using a painters knife. Notice that there is a lot of the underpainting peeking through the foreground grasses.
The final, Apple Tree (10×8) ~ click onto the image for a larger view.
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