ADDING FIGURES AND ANIMALS TO YOUR PAINTING
If you have never painted people (figures, NOT portraits) it adds a lot of interest to your paintings! Statistics show that paintings with people sell faster and often for more money! It personalizes the painting so that viewers feel a connection, especially if the figures are doing something the buyers have done in their life. Examples are fishing, walking in the rain, eating, playing with animals, etc. The figures don't even need to be recognizable, just a suggestion of people is often all that's needed to make a big difference in your painting.
I am working on paintings for an Art Show in Kentucky coming up mid September. Most of the paintings I am doing are nostalgic. These paintings are well liked and many remind me of Kentucky where I lived for many years. It is a beautiful state and of course they are known for their horses! Yes, I do have horse paintings that I am taking, but mostly they are farm scenes, people and fishing!
The painting I am working on is of a little boy and his dog heading down to the farm pond to do some fishing. He is wearing a big straw hat for the sun, and his pole and bait bucket are in his hands. The background is impressionistic while he and the dog are more realistic, but overall I want the scene to look nostalgic. I am working on an 11 x 14 canvas as these are more likely to sell, and for much less than very large paintings obviously. I will be taking a couple large ones, but the majority will be smaller in size. The series of photos are below. Enjoy!
Ok, I have finally finished this painting. I had to decide just what details I would have in the foreground. Once I made up my mind it was much faster going. I added grass, pebbles, and a fence on the left. Oh, and I fixed the water making it look more watery, and for fun I added a couple of worms trying to get out of the bucket! There is a close up photo of the pebbles and worms. You will notice that the background is impressionistic and from the boy forward is very realistic. I like the look! If you do this, be sure you create a smooth transition.
14 x 11
11 x 14