Stone Coal Studio

Stone Coal Studio

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fall Meadows on the Easel

Maine-ly a Meadow #1
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
acrylic on canvas board
20 x 16 inches

On my October 6 blog there was a photo of a painting start with paint applied to the canvas straight from the jar.  The color was absolutely spectacular and it was so easy to fall in love with it.

But there was an idea and a memory that I wanted to paint.  The meadows we saw on our walk at Acadia National Park last month were still fresh in my mind.

( Some darks and lights added to create a foreground and a background 
slowly crafting it into a composition.)

It was necessary to simplify the painting.  Despite how hard it was, I had to cover up some of the wonderful color.   The painting had to read as "something" -- not a jarring, jumbled mess.  It was a balance to add more paint but not cover up the color of the previous layers.

 ( More lights were added to the background and to the foreground 
to lead the viewer's eye through the painting.)

Neutralized colors were added in several layers to create a softer, more soothing look.  All the bold colors are still there when you look at the painting up close but now you don't need a pair of sunglasses!

More meadow paintings are on the work table as I explore this theme for the rest of October.

This painting will be at the Jefferson Center as part of the Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge holiday show the entire month of November.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog.   


  1. Love seeing the progression of your work. Lovely piece :)

    1. The hardest part is remembering to stop and take photos; I think I could have used one more for the blog. Hope to do better with the next one. Thank you for checking in and commenting.

  2. Ditto to Sheila's comments! Love seeing other artist's work spaces!