Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Olive Grove - Almost Finished
I think this big painting is nearing completion. I've been adjusting edges and adding more definitive detail strokes here and there. I keep having to remind myself that it's an Impressionist painting. If I let my mind wonder I start rendering the forms too much and it gets too realistic, ruining the overall mood. I step back every few minutes, notice where I went too realistic, scrape that area, and paint over again. I've repeating that process endlessly, it seems.
Doing this painting has helped me with my other pieces enormously. Specifically with the cityscapes where accurate drawing always gets in the way of expression, I've been able to step out of the realism box with greater success lately, and that's all due to the relentless need to consider the abstract aspect of each and every stroke on the big painting.
So what now? More adjustments. The darkest darks look too spotty in this photo, but that's because it's wet. When dry, I'm betting that it'll lighten up a bit and will not be so patchy looking. I am going to add more complementary notes in sea of blue green, and integrate some of the upper trunk edges into the surrounding shapes. May be a few more grassy patches in the foreground.
I think that'll do it!
Posted by Terry at 11:40 AM