What a surprise to find someone bought a painting from my etsy shop today. I have only had paintings listed since June 3rd, and this particular painting I listed only six days ago. I have heard from other sellers how long it can take to sell the first item from a new store that I wasn't expecting much at this point. I was focused on tweaking my titles, tags, and other SEO factors, interacting with the etsy community, and getting this blog going. So having someone actually buy a painting was a total surprise, but very very welcome! Yay!
I started a new 30x40 painting as a gift for my daughter, who is moving out this summer, for her new apartment. She found a photo online she loves and I'm painting it just for her, but I'd like to share my progress as I go. Here is the first day's work, from last weekend.
This is mainly the underpainting, which goes over the pencil sketch I started with. I paint a loose, thinned coat over the entire painting. Sometimes I do this in one color, with lighter and darker values to define the areas. But on this one I used the deeper tones of each color. I worked on the sky and distant land and water after finishing the underpainting. I generally work back to front on landscapes but it's not a hard and fast rule.
I worked on the painting for a while this afternoon, and this is the progress I made:
After more work on the clouds, I spent time on defining the horse and the stone fence in a rudimentary way. I plan to paint this weekend for at lease several more hours so the painting will change a lot I'm sure. Sunday night I plan to make another blog post and will have new photos to update my progress.
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend!