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1401 Standing Proud Part 1 of 4

This is the beginning of a beautiful iconic image -- an old covered bridge. This is an acrylic painting created on a 12x24 stretched “gallery wrap” canvas. Jerry shows his sketch of the painting. This episode is primarily the illustration of the under-painting process starting with the sky. Jerry explains what happens when you are using too much water in your paint which he corrects by adding a bit more gesso to thicken up the paint. He uses the feathering and scrubbing processes. He also discusses impressionist techniques which are “simply creating the suggestion” of something and illustrates the technique while blocking in distant trees.

Length: 00:27:46
Canvas Size: 
Painting Medium: Acrylic
Date Released On:  11/1/2014
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Time transcripts of 01-1401-STANDING PROUD-1401

 

[00:00:02:040] Hi! Welcome back to another session of Paint This with

 

[00:00:04:190] Jerry Yarnell right here at the Yarnell School of Fine Art.

 

[00:00:07:290] I am so happy you could join me today. As promised

 

[00:00:10:170] we're going to start a brand new painting. I love it when

 

[00:00:13:290] we start a painting. You know artist kind of like this, we

 

[00:00:15:290] get all excited about starting a painting, and then we get

 

[00:00:18:170] into it a little bit and can't wait to finish it so we can get

 

[00:00:20:220] onto the next one. Well that's kind of where I'm at on this

 

[00:00:22:130] one. And another thing that's interesting about what we're

 

[00:00:24:290] doing now is you know we're traveling around the

 

[00:00:26:100] country. We're trying to find subjects that we can capture

 

[00:00:30:300] in all fifty states. So all of you that live out there, in fact

 

[00:00:34:240] anywhere out there, if you've got subjects that you haven't

 

[00:00:38:110] seen me paint yet on TV in the last 25 years and you want

 

[00:00:41:280] me to paint something from your state, please feel free to

 

[00:00:45:030] send in your photographs, cards, or your letters so we can

 

[00:00:48:130] kind of look at them. We put them in our reference file

 

[00:00:50:150] and we look at them. Me and my staff, we look at them all

 

[00:00:52:230] them time. We're always studying them. And so, we've

 

[00:00:56:010] been in a lot of places these last few months. We've been

 

[00:00:58:110] in the South. We've been up North. You know now I've

 

[00:01:02:120] found a spot that we haven't been to yet in a while. It's an

 

[00:01:06:050] area that's really sort of an iconic area of the United States

 

[00:01:10:030] with an iconic subject; and that's the old covered bridges.

 

[00:01:13:200] Now a few weeks ago we did the old red barn; which we

 

[00:01:16:250] called The Farmers Icon. This is called Standing Proud.

 

[00:01:20:290] This is an old covered bridge up in Pennsylvania, which is

 

[00:01:23:230] where the concentration of covered bridges are up in that

 

[00:01:26:300] area, in Iowa, Pennsylvania, you know all up in that area.

 

[00:01:30:230] Some beautiful places up there that have these bridges.

 

[00:01:33:160] Well I happened to be up there one day on a research trip

 

[00:01:35:250] and I found this bridge that I fell in love with. But I just

 

[00:01:40:050] could not get a picture of it for whatever reason. So I had

 

[00:01:43:140] to make a little sketch of it. And from memory I am trying

 

[00:01:47:040] to put this one together. However, I did get some photos

 

[00:01:50:170] of some other bridges. And I want to show them to you

 

[00:01:52:040] just so we can kind of use them as sort of a guideline. I

 

[00:01:54:270] might remind you though, this is an acrylic painting, we're

 

[00:01:57:180] working in a 12 x 24 horizontal stretched canvas. But this

 

[00:02:01:250] happens to be one of those gallery wraps. I might

 

[00:02:03:260] mention that right quick. It's the 1 1/2 wide gallery wrap.

 

[00:02:08:160] I've coated it slightly with a little dove gray. It's burnt

 

[00:02:12:050] umber, ultramarine blue and a little white. I just like to

 

[00:02:14:180] have that nice soft tint on there before I start on this

 

[00:02:17:260] one. And I made a light sketch of the building and my land

 

[00:02:21:160] mass with my white charcoal pencil. Now here's some

 

[00:02:26:070] photos that I want to show you some of the bridges I took

 

[00:02:29:090] up there. Now you'll notice these bridges obviously are

 

[00:02:32:130] very long, most of them, based on the width of the stream,

 

[00:02:36:080] or the river, or the creek or whatever it is. And a lot of

 

[00:02:38:230] them have names on them. But you know they're not

 

[00:02:41:110] really an exciting building other than the fact that now

 

[00:02:44:260] they're nostalgic and they're old and they have a lot of

 

[00:02:47:080] character. I spoke to a person up there who's grandfather

 

[00:02:52:030] was a bridge builder. And they were telling me about all

 

[00:02:54:270] the labor that went into these things. These were incredibly

 

[00:02:57:110] labor some. Because back then they didn't have modern

 

[00:03:00:130] technology. So to bend wood you know they had to soak

 

[00:03:02:280] it in water and then bend it, clamp it, and hold it. It was

 

[00:03:06:130] just and amazing thing to listen to them. They always

 

[00:03:09:110] have these entryways, they always have some kind of

 

[00:03:12:250] foundation... see if we can find one.... see like here's one

 

[00:03:15:290] here with they... they always had these roads going up into

 

[00:03:18:110] them. They had fences next to them. Here's one that's got

 

[00:03:22:050] a waterfall coming underneath it. And see here's a real

 

[00:03:25:270] high one up here that expanding this creek here or this

 

[00:03:29:180] river. These are amazing. You know I can't see this too

 

[00:03:33:240] well but on this one you can see there's a stone foundation.

 

[00:03:37:280] And that's what this one had that I'm going to do. They

 

[00:03:41:010] had these big open fronts. And sometimes they had

 

[00:03:42:150] windows in them that followed the length of the creek.

 

[00:03:47:110] Now here's an interesting one. I don't know where this

 

[00:03:48:240] came from. This is not a photograph I took. This is

 

[00:03:50:180] coming out of a magazine or something. Sort of a shorter

 

[00:03:52:260] one. But these are amazing structures. Here's one we can

 

[00:03:57:040] see on the inside looking out. I thought that was kind of

 

[00:03:59:170] an interesting concept. And that tree was right there at the

 

[00:04:02:170] end of it. So these are some of the things that we're going

 

[00:04:05:110] to concentrate on. And I think I've got one in here that I'm

 

[00:04:08:180] going to use as sort of a guide in terms of the foundational

 

[00:04:12:050] work. So let's talk about the sketch here and we'll discuss

 

[00:04:15:120] some of that a little bit later. And you may have your own

 

[00:04:18:060] photo of a covered bridge that you want to use. But all I

 

[00:04:21:230] want to show you today is how to put it together. Now

 

[00:04:25:070] again, we're going to have a rough sketch here of the basic

 

[00:04:29:080] layout of the building. Now this is going to have some

 

[00:04:32:030] perspective in it because we want the angle coming back

 

[00:04:35:140] like this. It's kind of sitting up on a little knoll. Here's the

 

[00:04:38:110] water down here. We have the arch way, these had two

 

[00:04:41:270] arches, and these were stone (old cut stone) foundation.

 

[00:04:46:240] Old weathered wood along the side here and the front.

 

[00:04:50:080] Old shake shingles. There was just a lot of trees and

 

[00:04:53:020] bushes and shrubs. And old gravel road right here. A lot

 

[00:04:56:290] of sto... rock and boulders. And eroded banks along the

 

[00:05:00:300] edge here. And so, and then of course the road meanders

 

[00:05:04:210] back into the distance. It's just a fascinating painting. So

 

[00:05:08:030] what we're going to try do in today's session and our next

 

[00:05:10:090] session, as we traditionally do, is just get it underpainted.

 

[00:05:14:070] So it takes a couple of weeks to do that. And many of you

 

[00:05:16:170] know that. If your new for the first time your going to be

 

[00:05:19:010] in for a treat. Because when you see this kind of painting

 

[00:05:21:300] develop it's almost like those old Polaroid cameras where

 

[00:05:24:270] you would take the picture and pull the film out. And it

 

[00:05:27:050] would take a while to develop. That's kind of what these

 

[00:05:28:240] do. They look real messy and blurry. But in the last two or

 

[00:05:31:210] three sessions man this thing just start to change. So what

 

[00:05:34:230] we're going to do is start off with a simple sky. And this

 

[00:05:36:260] painting we don't want a lot of competition. We want to

 

[00:05:40:160] keep the sky real simple. So we're gonna... I think I'm

 

[00:05:44:110] going to use a very pale, soft, light blue. I haven't done

 

[00:05:47:210] this in a long time. So let's take our 2310 bristle brush.

 

[00:05:51:210] Let's go down here with our gesso. I'm using my

 

[00:05:54:180] traditional dirty palette. Dirty water. Dirty everything.

 

[00:05:59:010] See I've got a little bit of yellow in that (yellow/green)

 

[00:06:01:090] It's not going to hurt it. Now I take a little bit of

 

[00:06:04:190] ultramarine blue, and a touch of your turquoise deep.

 

 

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