Sunday, April 9, 2017

2017 Bull Run Demo

by
Armand Cabrera

One of my favorite times of the year is finally here. Spring is slowly taking hold again which means it's time for bluebells. They only last a few days in early spring so if you live in Virginia get out and see them while you can. Today was a beautiful day with temps in the 70's. I went to one of my favorite bluebell spots The bridge at Bull Run in the Manassas Battlefield. This year did not disappoint. 

I set up and decided to try a 16 x 20 canvas. A little large for the angle of the light and subject but it's good to push yourself in the field.

After deciding on my subject I started to draw the landmarks with a big brush.

Next, I quickly blocked in the large flat poster shapes for my background middle and foreground locking in the lights and shadows for the image.

Working all over the canvas I started to pick out important details and add them to the mix.

I established my darks and strengthened my color in the places I thought it needed more emphasis.

I weave in colors to give the impression of branches and leaves and refine more of my shapes.


 I continue to refine shapes color and edges.




The finished painting Bull Run Spring 16 x 20 oil. Total painting time 3 hours.