May 30, 2013

That Trestle Painting

Filed under: PAINTINGS — Colby @ 10:42 pm

I hope this doesn’t upset any of you but the painting doesn’t look exactly like the photo that inspired me. I took a bit of “artistic license.”

On the top is the original photograph. I took four or five photos and picked this one to go by. The others were handy for reference. Next is the blank canvas with my charcoal sketch of where I wanted things to be. I envisioned a few minor changes; for example, I replaced the brown egret with the white one from the shore.

Then we have the initial stage of the painting. Obviously, I enhanced the color.¬†Acrylic paints dry fast so I generally work top left to bottom right just like I would in a drawing. I go back later after it’s dry to add detail or touch up.

And finally, on the bottom, the finished painting.

Trestle progression


  1. First of all I want to say great blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing. I have had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips? Cheers!

    Comment by Kant Chander — July 3, 2013 @ 9:04 am

  2. Thank you for visiting my site. I don’t consider myself a writer. This may not work for others but whenever I’m beginning a piece of art I put everything down, turn off my music and say a short prayer. I thank God for giving me whatever skills I have, I ask that I might use those skills to the best of my abilities and I end with a hope that what I’m about to do will somehow show others the grace God provides us. Whether God answers my prayer or I’m simply “clearing my head,” it works for me.

    Comment by Colby — July 3, 2013 @ 10:54 am

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