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Getting tired of painting with so much green and brown - luckily today was orange (and a little green).
Notice anything new? After I'd submitted my original proposal, I'd thought about adding some leaves around the pumpkins and along what will be a vine between the plowed field and the band of light green along the bottom. So, I did...and I'll probably add a few more.
It's a 3-day weekend - no soccer games, to events! Just time to relax and paint, paint, paint! Oh, and probably BBQ.
I realized yesterday as I was working on the tractor and plow that I really didn't have a firm grasp of the plow-thingy. I couldn't locate the photo I'd originally referenced and all I had to look at was a crude sketch in ye olde sketchbook. My drawing experience is limited when it comes to mechanical things (and not high on my list of popular subject matter). The more I worked on it, the more uncomfortable I became - I was just "wingin' it."
So, I scoured the internet for a good plow photo only to discover that good plow photos are hard to find. Who knew? I finally found something to work from - a photo of a toy model John Deere tractor and plow. Of course, it was orientation and viewpoint, but I could work with that.
This evening, my one painting mission was to solve the plow problem and, at least, get it off to a good start (or restart). After 2 1/2 hours (time really flies when I'm painting), I'm happy with the change. I feel like it is a major hurdle that I've overcome. At least I have a plow that is grounded in reality.
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And now, I can move on to more "fun" stuff to paint!