Original Oil 6x8"
Sometimes you don't even have to try, the light just gives you one. There was so much that was beautiful about this subject, and once again I knew it would be gone fast, so I spent a few moments before beginning to really take note of what I wanted to capture.
Knowing this was day 100, I was so grateful for a gorgeous evening. This painting gave me a chance to work with some of the key things I've learned along the way such as:
- squinting to make sure I can reduce the scene to 4 or 5 large abstract shapes before starting
- keeping the distant values light enough (always lighter than I think)
- neutralizing and blueing colour as it recedes
- using a few simple brushstrokes to suggest a whole lot of detail
- choosing what I'm going to say and sticking with it no matter how many other ideas I am seduced by as the painting unfolds...tough one
- if the wheels are falling off just keep putting paint on 'til it looks right
- above all - when I'm getting cranky I try to remember to not take myself too seriously - (really tough one...)
All in all it's been one hell of a ride ~ can't wait to share #100 with you guys!