|about 12x6 pastel on Uart|
Reducing and simplifying is not just about eliminating detail (although I will talk more about that later) it's much bigger than that. To work out my ideas I revisited the Friday's painting in which I lost my focus.
Why did it not work? The main reason was because the concept (a tumultuous Spring sky and the way the light played on the landscape) was not supported by a good abstract design. Good abstract design which appears in strong compositions is the key upon which all good paintings are built. Creating a notan helps and I hate to admit it's a step I skipped that Friday afternoon. So now I have redone it.
Just using my memory I created new sketches and grisaille. With a limited palette I made a new pastel with a better design and feel. Now I think I will go back on site and try it again in plein air.