Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Studies for Confluence
pastel and watercolor on marble dust board and pencil sketch
When out in the field, whether plein air painting or walking with a camera, the main goal is to get ideas and experience. Later when removed from the source, one takes time to dwell upon the experience. Neither the painting nor photo is the key, the experience is.
When back in the studio, think...how can I create a bold design that stands out at a distance? What is my concept? With this in your mind proceed to your sketches and block out the masses. Remember the sky sets the tone and you need an anchor in the foreground.
This is my plein air painting. I have decided to work in a slightly different direction using analogous colors. Blue green, blue and blue purple will be complemented by the orange sky. The dominant hue will be the blue haze. The sketch has two shapes, unequal in proportion. Studio paintings involve more planning and choices.
We as artists are the creator of mystery...use your power.