Welcome to this week’s blog of Painting with Jesse. For this week I decided to paint two separate paintings. They are both less detailed than last week’s painting however, they both involve using different techniques. I know I said last week I was going to try and not do landscape paintings this week, but it is what I enjoy most, and these are quite different than my last landscape painting. This week, I think I was able to paint my best paintings yet and possibly my favorite.
Okay, so this week I decided to paint two separate paintings. I figures while I had everything out, I might well paint two. And I was kind of in the painting mood. This week I once again followed a painting tutorial on YouTube. Both tutorials were from the channel AhmadArt. It is a smaller channel, but I really like his paintings and how easy they are to follow. The two paintings I painted are similar in that they both have shaded skies using reds, whites, purples, yellows, and oranges. They are less detailed paintings than last week’s, but the backgrounds were something new to me. For the mountain painting, I tried to shade in a background that was blue on the top and orange on the bottom. I found shading from orange to white to blue to be kind of difficult. I found I could not really get the right shades. Going lighter and lighter and then to white. It for so only turned out as one or two shades of each color. However, it turned out alright on my first try. Next came shading in the mountains. Each mountain was a different shade of blue, so it was interesting trying to mix different colors to get those different blues. This part went quite well, and the mountains turned out pretty well except for the darkest one. For some reason, the paint of this color would not completely cover the orange underneath and you can still see some of the streaks. No matter how much paint I put on you could still see the orange. And I even waited for it to dry and tried again. I guess I did not wait long enough. The trees at the bottom were last and I think turned out well. I think they kind of bring the whole painting together.
The second painting I did was by far my favorite I have done so far. The background is like the first painting I did except I used a paint dot method to begin. As you can see in the picture the paint dot method involves first putting dots of paint approximately where you want that shade of color and then scraping it across the canvas with a paint scraper tool, allowing it to blend slightly with the other colors. Once most of the canvas is has to paint on it you grab the brush and spread it all in nicely. I loved how my background turned out using this method, you can see it in the picture. I will definitely be using this method in the future. After that, I just simply added the terrain at the bottom using dark colors and a couple cactuses. The stars were added by flicking light paint at the canvas. I love how this painting turned out and I love how the background turned out. It is the best part of the painting.
This week I also made a short video using WeVideo. A couple of classmates suggested using WeVideo after I asked about the best video-makers to use. I plan to try a few over the next few weeks. I put together a short video using WeVideo which just kind of takes you through I short picture timeline of the process this week. I found WeVideo very easy to use. Adding my photos and spacing out the time was very easy. It was also easy to publish and embed or share on any platform. The only bad thing was that I could not add any text as you needed to be a paying member to really add anything extra to your video so that makes it kind of boring. Next week I plan on using Animoto as I am not a Mac user.
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