Shortcut © 2014 Karen Mathison Schmidt
6 x 6 inches • oil on 1/8" GessobordTM
private collection • Shreveport, Louisiana
Today I’m working on a larger version (20 x 16 inches) of this scene, the shortcut through our broken-down old picket fence, just as the sun is beginning to set beyond the pasture. I started with this small warmup. No underpainting, just a quick bare-bones sketch lightly in pencil, then starting right in with the oils. An exercise in trying to capture the scene as simply as possible and still get the feel I wanted. I was just the right way to jump into my painting day!