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Friday, November 11, 2016 11:29
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Fine Art By Becky Joy

Scottsdale Artists League Painting Demo

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The start of the demo. Putting in an
abstract design.

Last week I did a painting demo at the
Scottsdale Artist League. I intended to put photos on the blog of
the progression of the painting. Unfortunately, there is a big gap
at the beginning, I was busy painting.

After a rough design of the placement
and shape of the tree and ground, I started with the painting of
the sky. I used Gamblin’s Radiant Colors on the sky. The first
color I put in the sky was the bright yellow, knowing that would be
my lightest and brightest color. Every other color related to that
one stroke.

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I have a quick sketch of the trees and
have started to do some negative painting in the tree. I paint the
tree solid, then cut into it with negative shapes.

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You can see that I worked on the
ground here. It’s warmer in the background closer to the sun,
darker and cooler in the foreground. The foreground is a lot of
brushstrokes without painting perfect, little bushes. If you just
have the indication of plants, it will read as plants.

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Here’s a little closer view of the tree. Notice that I have
started painting branches in the tree. I don’t worry about
connecting everything. Just get the overall feel of the tree, paint
the branches the way the tree grows.

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After getting some of the branches in,
I continue with softening edges, putting some lights in the tree
and adding more branches. Keep the tree lighter in value, warmer
and thinner paint toward the outside edges.

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At the end, I put some cools in the tree toward the center as if
the the cool reflections of the sky is lighting the tops of some of
the branches and on the right side away from the sunlight. There is
definitely a cool and warm side to the tree. The warms and cools on
the tree give it more of a 3D effect.

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It was a good sized crowd at the
meeting. Thank you to the members of the Scottsdale Artists

I was asked to give another
presentation next week at another art club in Goodyear, but this
one will be different. I will be speaking about the presentation of
art and the process of submitting work to shows for judging and
what judges look for.

I will be having a sale on my website
starting Nov 14. All paintings and prints on the website will be
25% off. To get your discount, sign up for the newsletter and you
will receive the discount code. The sale ends Nov 30. Sign up with
the form below.

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