Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I have been toying with this piece since this past Saturday and have altered it beyond recognition of the original underpainting. Sometimes they evolve rather easily and maintain much of the original composition and other times nearly every detail is reworked until a balance exists between all elements. I'm not sure I will leave it alone or not, but time will tell.
A new photo of this painting shows the sky a little better without so much glare.
This is a repaint of and older piece that was done way to dark and I felt was worth the effort to rework it. I got a little reflection off the right side of the canvas in the sky in the photo but it's the best I could do. I took quite a bit of liberty recreating this work from the original photo which had very little detail in it. I strengthened color and simplified the composition hopefully creating a stronger painting.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The above photo used as a reference for the painting Sundown in Cypresswood was taken through the windshield of my car while driving down the road in my neighborhood. I used the far left side and modified the tree structure and design. I removed the road and created a meadow. I thought this might be an insight into how I use reference material by recreating the scene to make the painting a work of art.