This painting was such an easy knock off. I thought I'd share with you how I did it!
I was really lucky and found a used canvas at the thrift store for $1It was huge, and just the right size for my mantle. You may have to purchase a canvas, or you can do this straight onto a piece of plywood. Since my canvas already had an UGLY painting on it, I gave it two coats of gesso. You can find this at art supply stores like Hobby Lobby.
After that was dry I gathered my other materials:
|Craft paints, paint brushes, gesso|
I'll be doing this demonstration on a piece of white copier paper, and so the amounts of mixed paint didn't have to be a lot. When I did the large painting, I used coffee mugs to mix my paint in. If you use oils or acrylics, your paint will go a lot further, and your palette will look a bit like mine.
Throughout the demonstration I will show you my palette, so that you can get an idea of how I mixed the paints.
Next, I plotted out my painting. Since I already had the Ballard painting to copy, I guesstimated that the design was in thirds. Top, center and bottom of the canvas. Then I looked at how the poppies were arranged in a sort of triangle, ending at the center third. Using pencil, I plotted this onto the canvas.
Then I started mixing my paints to block in the colors. Cream and blue paint made a very light blue, that went above the hills. While the paint was still wet on the canvas, I added a little more of the dark blue, and scrubbed it into the light blue.
Here you can see my palette, and how I mixed the two blues. Later you'll be adding the clouds, but after the paint has dried. You'll want to use a fairly large brush for blocking in the background colors.
When the background is dry, you're ready to start adding in the details.
Using a flat brush, load it with a bit of light blue paint, and block in the side of the house. Use cream for the front of the house and a rusty brown for the roof. If you want you can add some highlights to the roof by adding a bit of cream to the rust. I used a dark brown for windows. And I added some chimneys using the cream and brown paints. (When I was researching cottages, I found a picture to work from.)
Then add in your little trees and bushes around the house. Any imperfections will disappear.
Now sign your masterpiece and you're done!