Over the weekend I visited the East Carolina University School of Art and Design to drop off the painting below. It will be part of the 2021 Alumni Exhibition from August 25 through September 25, 2021. It will hang in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery inside the SOAD building on campus. The entire show will be spread out among three locations – the Gray Gallery, Emerge Gallery, and the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery inside Joyner Library.
Here is a recent 12″x16″ watercolor landscape that I posted in the watercolor gallery. This one was painted on Arches 140 lb. rough paper.
For most of my paintings I begin with a small thumbnail sketch to work out the composition of the piece. Once I’m happy with that, I’ll draw it out loosely on the paper or canvas. In the process of painting I almost always stray a bit from my original drawing or the concept I originally picture in my mind, but I generally stick to the same basic composition.
This painting went a little differently. I originally intended for the barn in the distance to be the focal point. This was based on a photo reference with the barn in the middle ground. When I put the drawing on the watercolor paper it just didn’t feel right, so I ended up pushing the barn to the distance and inventing a new foreground with the tree on the right becoming more of a focal point. I think the end result is a more interesting image.