Relaxation...

Took yesterday to work on these two paintings....I'll post more progress as I go along in the process.

Top Left - Reference photo of "Red Barn"

Top Right - Study sketch for value and composition

Left - Sketch on watercolor paper.  Ready for paint!

Top Left - Photo of "Metal Sided Barn"

Top Right - Study sketch for value and composition

Left - Sketch on watercolor paper.  Ready for paint!

Bottom - Both paintings after a first wash of color.  I use this point to establish base colors and aerial perspective.  The washes will remain almost untouched for the sky and distant trees.  These will be the lightest values in the painting for the most part.  Some foreground will remain as just a base wash as well but in very limited amounts.  This is the stage of the painting process that goes the quickest.  Note the reference photos and value sketches taped to the wall on the right.  They are always with me during the painting process to help keep me on track.