My Travels - Lake Chelan Stehekin North Cascade NPS Barn Apple Orchard by Mark Stevens
Barn with Daisies. My thoughts on the original image I captured are here on Flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/38520929952/in/album-7...). Needless to say, coming this setting in the Lake Chelan and North Cascades was both unexpected and a wonderful blessing. I've seen many a barn on my travels but either didn't have the time or had other things needing to be done to distract me at the time. Here...I had time to soak in the view with the field of flowers as that amazing foreground with its varied colors! Painting (or rather digitally painting) this image was more of a challenge. As I saw it, I had layers to deal with as well as brush strokes and styles. When I saw this as painting in layers, I approached it with a look to not just the here and there of painting white for the pedals and yellow or oranges for the central portion of the daisy. It was also making the entire field seem real. There had to be grouping and empty spots. And there had to be that contrast of hues...which led to the next thing to approach with the stems. Here I worked with a somewhat newer part of Adobe Sketch and using Kyle Webster's extensive brush set. I was trying to avoid that look of just using my Apple Pencil and sketching in color; I wanted a brush stroke, but different areas would require different ones to have that appropriate looks. The stems needing a tighter look but with some variances. I could also use a different pattern or stroke with the background or base colors adding some grit or crosshatch patterns. That would also come in handy in adding a "texture" to the bricks and wooden walls across the barn. The biggest change I did as I finished up the image was to add blue skies and some clouds. I painted the clouds as a mixture of layers and the right mixture of whites and grays. My choice in using skies was more of practicality as I was struggling to paint a good, realistic backdrop of the that forest of trees. Blue skies and a few trees were just simpler to paint :-) In the left foreground of the digital painting, you'll find that stick figure image of me "hiking" with my Cubbies hat, loving my time exploring the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park Service Complex...a beautiful spring afternoon in the North Cascade mountains of Washington!