It's such a joy to visit a farm stand in the fall - so many treasures to delight the eye and to bring home: crisp apples, pumpkins, colorful mums and dried cornstalks for your porch or lamp post.
This scene is from a local farm stand. I had a great time painting it because of all the great colors in the flowers, the Indian corn and especially the cornstalk leaves. I'll show you how I did that below:
So I wet the area of the cornstalks and drop reds, blues and yellows onto the wet paper. This looks a bit too colorful at this stage, but that's good! It makes a great base for the cornstalks.
These are also painted wet-into-wet with lots of luscious color from my primary palette of reds, yellows and blues. Notice that no details are added yet.
Here I've added some details to the objects. I could have painted the entire piece with base colors before adding details, but wanted to see how these would look first.
I also painted some shadow areas on the corn.
Do you notice that, now there are more colors in the painting, the cornstalks no longer look too colorful?
You can click any of the images to see them larger.
Then I painted in random colors of orange-red, yellow and violet for the kernels leaving some of them white. The far right corn is all deep red.
But since my base colors were already there, it made it easier. I just needed to strengthen the colors as needed and add some deep shadows and lines to indicate the dried leaves.
Aren't they much more interesting when painted this way than if I'd used a flat color?
And here is the finished painting!
Cornstalks and Chrysanthemums is sold, but you can find more of my autumn paintings in my Etsy shop.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed the demo. Have a lovely day!
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