Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Painting in monotone

This is my 3rd picture for Fiona's class: 

We are going to be looking at 2 COIs. I have been thinking about it and decided that the house can be the main one and the snow covered mountain at the back be the second. 
Before attempting the main picture I decided to paint a smaller monotone sketch of it first, 9”x 6”, just to  get a clearer idea of colour values. I used Payne Grey and made a value chart.  My own criticism of this picture is that I should have used more colour on the whole. I think I was nervous that I may mess the picture. I started with the walls, but realized that I should have possibly started with the snow covered slopes at the back. I also needed to give more contrasts for the snow at the back I think. It took me about 2 hours to complete this sketch. I waited for paint to dry and painted in layers….another first for me! This is the result:


  1. Great result Brinda, I honestly think your sketch is better in value than a picture itself. Your sketch gives a clear understanding about what we can see. The photograph is not letting to distinguish the building and a wall from the fist glance (your sketch does)
    Great job!

  2. I think the painting is coming along quite nicely. Darken the values to match your sketch and you've got it. The drawing is great. Relax. Take it easy. It's a good painting.

  3. I like the way you handled the brick wall...nice texture. It is coming out really nice.

  4. I miss seeing your work on 100 paintings. I enter up the red foreground and marvel at the background. Nice to see snow when its so hot.

  5. Thanks for your comments! I hope to finally finish the picture this weekend!