Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Farmer and His Tractor Watercolor

I had been raking my brains over how to paint a machine that I could actually enjoy painting. I usually like to paint only living, moving and breathing subjects as you know :) but since 'Machinery' is the theme for our next exhibition, there was no escaping it this time.
So here I am, first painting done (I hope I can paint another one before the deadline) I have cheated a bit by including a man in it ..I hope the selectors won't mind!
Would love to hear what do you think.
Here are a few pictures I took while the painting was in progress. Its just a little glimpse into my process.
Started with the Tractor, keeping it fluid...

Add more color , block in the Farmer..My son later told me I shouldn't have painted the farmer's T-shirt blue as it clashes with tractor's color.I thought he was right and toned it down with a bit of grey later.

More details added to the front tyre. I hate painting perfect geometrical shapes :(

Adding shadows /deepening the colors.The farmer's face is too small to have many details- I had to add a tree behind him so his face is visible, at least.

Farmer and his Tractor
10x14  watercolor

Here is the final image. I have left the details in the tractor's engine area obscure as I didn't want to spoil that feeling of fluidity.
Materials Used: Arches cold pressed paper block 
Colors Used: Winsor and Newton, Daniel Smith paints:Cerulean Blue, Manganese blue, burnt orange, yellow Ochre, French Ultra. Blue, Permanent Magenta, Payne's Grey.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a great day.
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  1. Great composition, and such wonderful colors!

  2. Beautiful painting !!!
    Congratulations !!!

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