How to Paint an Old Barn: Steps 5-8

Old Michigan Painting, oil painting by Yeshua's Child Art studio

Old Barn Painting final

Here are the next steps in painting the above oldĀ barn painting (I decided to show the finished product first!)

Step 5: Adding More DetailsĀ 

picture of adding more barn and background detail to oil painting of barn

Step 5: adding barn and background detail

As you can see, in this step I added some of the background trees, and some more detail to the barn itself. I like to get my center of focus well in hand before doing the foreground. I added more mixes of burnt umber and ultramarine blue for darks in the barn, and added highlights of ultramarine blue, cerulean blue and titanium white to the roof. The background trees got scrubbed in with a bit of burnt sienna, burnt umber and cerulean mixes.

Step 6: starting the Foreground

Adding a rusty disc tool and grasses to the foreground

Adding a rusty disc tool and grasses to the foreground

Okay, I felt like the painting needed “something more” so I added a rusty old disc tool to the foreground, and have started putting in some of my grasses, using mixes of burnt sienna and yellow ochre, along with ultramarine blue for darks.

Step 7: Adding More Foreground and Barn Detail

adding yet more details to the foreground and barn

Step 7: Adding Foreground and Barn details

At this point, I keep going in with mixes of burnt umber, yellow ochre, and my blues for the grasses; and with the previously described colors for the barn, to add in more details. I pulled some cerulean hints into the grasses for color harmony.

For Step 8: I add my darkest darks (burnt umber and black mix) to the barn and old disc-er, add more grass details and highlights, with the finished product at the beginning of this post.

I hope you enjoyed this lesson in how to paint an old barn!

Barns of Michigan: Old Red Barn

I am working on a “Barns of Michigan” series where I highlight some of the beautiful old barns that are everywhere up here. I admit it: the older it is, the more I like it. Below is one that I painted recently, I call it simply “Old Red Barn.” Unfortunately, my cheap little camera doesn’t take good photos, it changed some of the hues, so this week…I’m buying a better camera!

painting of an old red barn in northern Michigan

Barns of Michigan: Old Red Barn, oil painting 16 X 20 by Yeshua’s Child Art

I did enjoy painting the textures on this one, it was fun, and the sky reflections on the roof. I also love golden colors, and so did the tree in autumnal golds.

Summer Bike Ride

Okay, I’m ready for spring, even if there still is snow on the ground in patches outside. So, I decided to paint a picture based on a photo of two friends that I took last summer, just to remind me that yes, warm weather will come back some day.

Summer Bike Ride" is an original oil painting of two friends biking over a wooden bridge by Yeshua's Child Art

“Summer Bike Ride” oils 16 X 20

I like pictures that tell a story, and this one does; I also like to play with painting light as it hits different surfaces.