Learn how to paint an old barn with acrylics in this painting tutorial. Artist Ashley Krieger is traveling and painting in all 50 U.S. states. Today she takes you to Wisconsin to capture a piece of the country in this farm painting. I hope you learn a lot and enjoy this video as she paints plein air.
While we were driving through Wisconsin we saw farms all over with old barns and silos. Each barn had their own history and barn quilts displayed. Growing up on a farm I felt at home here. Some day, or maybe in another life, I hope to have a large field with a farm house and old barn full of animals. I enjoyed Independence Day here and so I decided it was appropriate to add a barn quilt American flag in my painting. I love this country!
You can find the videos for each state she has traveled to thus far here.
Learn how to paint your own barn
You can find the acrylic art supplies use here. I also used metallic gold and silver Liquitex heavy body acrylic paints. Watch the tutorial to see what colors I used and when.
How to Paint a Farm Scene with an Old Barn, Step by Step...
Step 1 - Paint the sky white with a big wide- flat brush. Add blue to your brush and add it to your canvas using a choppy and a little wild brush stroke. Add gold to your brush (don't worry about cleaning your brush) and add the gold below the blue. Do the same with purple adding it below the blue.
Step 2 - Paint gold in the grassy land. Start with a hill shape below your sky. Fill in your canvas all the way to the bottom with green. Add several colors to your brush, not just green. Mix most of your paint on the canvas so that you get streaks and a variety of textures.
Step 3- Paint the trees in the distance to your right. I used purple and the corner of my big brush.
Step 4 - Outline the shape of your barn with metallic paint. Any mistakes can easily be erased with your brush (don't use water or paper towel or you will ruin your sky).
Step 5 - Add more detail to the barn, such as shadows, colors, lines that you see in your reference photo.
Step 6 - Paint in your trees that are closer to the barn. Add more details as you wish and according to your own style. Be Creative!
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