|9x10 pastel on somerset|
The fact is, anyone can learn the guidelines of painting/drawing and create a good picture. It's true. That just takes time and study. Now, the process of actually creating a feeling of beauty, a picture that draws you in and never lets you go ....that is what we really want to do. After my rant yesterday about the use and misuse of photos I though more about why I paint and why I had to rant on about photos. I yearn to capture the beauty, the beauty that is beyond words and closer to poetry. Copying feels like an insult.
So as I move on to studying reflections I give you today's thought:Grouping the values into masses is an important part of designing a painting. Once again, less is more. Remember always that creating art is about synthesis, not simply recoding what we see. In nature each view has hundreds of value changes. A picture sings more beautifully when you have less values and your greatest contrast of values is in the focal point. I tried to keep this drawing to 4 basic values and to stay on the middlish range of the value scale.
Basically-5, 6,7 with a punch of 1.
My goal was to sing light on a river morning.
My years of constant plein air painting informed me of what I see and my creative soul drew it. A photo reference was used in the beginning stages.