Thursday, March 4, 2010
A Few More Strokes...
The jpeg in today's post illustrates the few little details that I have added to the plein air sketch "Shoreline Sojourn". Very little more needed to be said except that I felt rushed because of the cold in the last minutes of the foray and I just "roughed in" the colour masses and values for the white cedar copse in the left foreground of the painting.
Back in the studio yesterday, I adjusted the greens from the deep darks within the copse... to the reddy-greens which caught higher light because they were located on the exterior of the mass. Cedars change their green to almost an ochrish-sienna hue at winter's end. It is a warm value and always provides an instrument to lift the tone and mood away from and provide complementary colour for the cold of the blue shadows. A few areas showing dark or lit bushes, trunks and branches in the upward masses can be seen to be broken by the (mostly) hidden trunks within the copse. These details add volume and just enough interest in the foreground to pique the eye's attention momentarily.
The painting is signed... the final act in the process before it can be framed and put on the wall.On to the next adventure!
Good Painting to All!