Friday, July 30, 2010
fields, vampires and the Olympic Peninsula
So now I am on the Olympic Peninsula. Hard to believe by the painting, eh? The fact is I am overwhelmed by the differences in the beauty here. The light, the fog, the gigantic trees towering above; I didn't feel connected to it in a way that I could paint. Yet. So after a hike on the Hoh River trail I saw a field. Love at first site. I am a sucker for a field. I KNOW I need to be connected to my subject.
The goal in this was to paint only the negative spaces and let that tell the story for the positive. To explain more fully, I will use the tree as an example. I underpainted a gray violet dark up there. Next I used blue grays and slightly neutralized golds to make the shapes that carved out the tree. Later I added more light bouncing off in the form of blue, purple and green-gray.