Saturday, November 16, 2013

Acrylic Painting - Chestnut Ridge Park

"Chestnut Ridge Park"
Acrylic on Paper
3.5" x 2.5"
When I painted this one I tried out Robert Genns' 37 brushstrokes in 37 minutes.

I used this technique for the beginning of the painting and it made me think about how make the most out of each brushstroke. I had to think about which details could be eliminated and how to create each shape with the least amount of effort. The brush that I used was a 1" nylon flat and I used it to paint the entire painting,  including the fine lines.

It took me longer than 37 minutes to complete the painting and I abandoned the 37 brushstroke approach as the painting neared completion. I think this is because as a painting progresses the brushstrokes get smaller and have less overall impact upon the painting, so I reverted to my usual style towards the end.

The scene is of one of the many roads that wind through Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park NY. It's a great place to visit in the fall.

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