Thursday, January 23, 2014
After bringing back the previous painting for a "make-over", I realized that I still was not done with this scene. How would the colors change in more direct sun light? Would I be able to capture that? To explore the subtle color differences, I painted a smaller version of this view. Being more familiar with the subject made a difference in not having to rush to hurry to "capture the moment". I felt more relaxed to just observe the color nuances and follow the flow of the clouds.After this painting, I realize more and more that COLOR is what gets me excited about a painting in general. One of the old masters of landscape painting that I totally admire is - Cezanne! It is amazing how he created distance with the contrast of warm against cool colors... endless inspiration.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Something I normally do not do is, taking a finished painting back to location for a make-over. This painting kept on "haunting" me whenever I looked at it sitting on the easel. What is it?... I kept on wondering. To finally find peace, I decided to take it back one more time to the spot in the park. Of course it was a different situation, clouds, reflections.. it all looked different, however, after doing more looking and listening I added some brush strokes in the reflections, foreground and trees, did not touch the sky... Unfortunately the photo came out more blue than before which makes it difficult to see if the "finishing touches" improved the image. Please let me know what you think - your input is always appreciated.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
A healthy and prosperous new year to everybody!!! This painting I finished yesterday. The view is from the boardwalk in the nearby park that leads to a lookout where one can observe turtles, fish and waterfowl. The cloudy sky is the left over of a rainy early morning.