Wedding at McGranahan’s Barn

My niece got married in December – in Oklahoma – in a barn.

The McGranahan family settled in Oklahoma in the late 19th century, and the original house is still standing (although looking at it makes me wonder if it can stand much longer).  The barn, however, has been rebuilt and is the site where my niece got married.  You can read the story about the McGranahans and their barn here.

Value Sketch and Reference Photos
Value Sketch and Reference Photos

Unless I am doing a one-hour study, my watercolor pictures start with a value sketch – to plan an effective composition and work out errors before I start painting.  Here you can see my value sketch and some photos that I am using for reference, all of which are posted on the wall above my painting area.

After painting in the sky, I added a wash of colors to indicate the ground, painting around what would be the barn and the house.

McGranahan's Barn #1

I then painted in the house and the barn, staging the bride and groom in front of the barn (without the photographer and her crew).McGranahan's Barn #2

A flock of geese flying in formation help to link the two sides of the picture. Adding some foreground shapes helped to suggest grasses on this piece of prairie.

Faith, Hope, and Love, watercolor, 8.5" x 30"
Faith, Hope, and Love, watercolor, 8.5″ x 30″

Congratulations, Hope and Taylor!

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