I love color
and good food
+ some paints
AND an empty canvas!
My source of inspiration for the painting was a calendar photograph portraying the natural beauty of lower Swat. And as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to paint this wonderful autumn landscape in a symphony of greens, yellows and oranges.
I started off with a quick sketch -jotting the main features of the composition. Then outlined the main parts of the painting with a wash of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow + Crimson.
Next, I painted glimpses of sky between the branches and leaves and painted the rocks in the foreground.
I continued with the under painting..
slowly building up the foliage and painting the trees and branches. I decided to use strong acrylic colors to help convey a riot of autumnal color.
Next came highlights and shadows.
And finally more detail in the foreground - the fallen leaves.
Here's my finished piece (and some close ups)!