This is the kind of scene I love to paint, relaxed, casual and fresh. The vintage feel of the old porch and Adirondack chair set the perfect mood.
I have a sort of scale the I rate the difficulty of a subject on, this painting was right up there on the chart.
List of challenging things
+2= Full body, requires accuracy.
+2 =A small head, requires accuracy and softness.
+1=A small head at an angle, things are not where you expect them to be.
+2= Wild foliage, needs to be greatly simplified.
+2= Layered subject, foliage in front of a chair, in front of a girl, in front of a house.
This was almost a ten on my scale, which made it fairly complex, but that’s ok, as long as I realized what I was getting into, the frustration level was kept to a minimum by slowing down and really concentrating on what I was looking at.
I used my limited palette of White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Medium, Viridian and Cobalt Blue.