|#1 Composition sketch|
|#2 Blocking in more color|
|#3 Panel at the end of the first day|
On Friday morning, I heightened the contrast in the upper third of the image, laying on more Ultramarine Dark blended with Viridian and Alizarin Crimson. To make the "canopy of foliage" effect more pronounced, I eliminated most of the small bits of blue sky which were, in reality, were peeking through the leaves.
|#4 Dreadful details|
He was (and is) clear that there is no room for fussy, extraneous details in a truthful painting. Despite this strong, and repeated, admonition from one of today's most accomplished painters, I somehow felt it necessary to add a fence to the background, showing it receding from right to left hoping –– incorrectly –– that it would "add something" to the painting. Not for the first time am I grateful that one of the properties of oil paint is its capacity to allow for corrections and "do-overs (unlike transparent watercolor, which is still my medium-of-choice). Here (#4) the painting shows the offending fence, as well as some additional and pointlessly inaccurate, dabs of white on tree trunks and elsewhere (what was I thinking??). The finished panel is shown below after being corrected.
A simple, and I hope truthful, rendition of a cool, urban oasis on very hot day in August.
|"Leafy Glade, August"|
oil on linen panel. 10" x 8"
Available at my Daily Paintworks Gallery, here.