Antique Tractor – Blow by Blow

Once in a while someone will ask, “How did you do that?” I tend to work a bit representational, always have.

In general though, the following snap shots will show how I created the “Antique Tractor” watercolor painting.

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Start with a tracing, then begin to add light tones with some detail.
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More color, laying in basic tones of definite shapes.
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More detail work and color tones, all still light. Paint in lighter tones inside engine compartment.
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Dark tones carefully added; they can’t be erased. Back ground darkened for contrast.
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Steering wheel in. Wheels started. Front grill detail is stepped up. Rust added.
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Blue sky added. I had trouble with tires as hues were too different. Tire bottoms left out, as grass would go there.
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Ground cover tones added – lighter first, then dark. Tractor basically done at this point.
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Background tones strengthened to define shape of right head light and hood.
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Trees emerge from dark ground colors. They help to further define shape of tractor. Not much detail used here.
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More trees. Deepen shadows under tractor. Grass strokes added.
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Dark trees added in background. More detail. Background uses loose strokes for most part. Rear fender defined.

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All done. Grasses sketched in loosely. Dandy Lions planted with white and yellow paint.

Antique Tractor

This old Ford was sitting in a field not far from the house. I parked, ran out and snapped a picture, then high-tailed it back to my car before the property owner came out.

Glad I got a shot of it, because I recently noticed that it has disappeared from where it had been resting. Hope it found a good new home.

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Antique Tractor – Watercolor on 70 lb. Arches