9" x 12" (roughly) and matted to 12" x 16"; acrylic wc paper
This was completed on Tuesday. It nearly got away from me. Painting in the afternoon for me is always a dicey proposition. I tend to get tired and when that happens I stop making good decisions. The results here though feel good to me. The piece is based on a photo that I took while in Chico a couple of weeks ago. I mentioned earlier that the creek that runs through the middle of town is amazing. You literally step inside a large stand of trees and brush that surround the creek. The experience was other-worldly. It's literally like you are standing inside of something, looking out, rather than just looking at something in a two dimensional sense. I didn't think I could necessarily recreate that but I was able to hold onto those ideas as I was making t his piece.
I used the palette knife again for this piece. The reference photo was turned upside down in order to get rid of the horizon and the idea of it being a landscape. My initial drawing was also done upside down using the photo which I turned into a black and white image. Those two things helped me to just focus on shapes and values and direction of line. I started with a 3 value under painting done in a cool blue. Using just one color made it easier to see the overall pattern of shapes and movement. As I added the green colors, dark to light, things weren't making a ton of sense. I added the muted purples and browns and then the idea of what I wanted solidified. I also broke down and added the suggestion of a horizon line. At some point I'd like to not use a horizon line in my compositions but honestly, I am not there yet.
OK, I had stuff to do earlier this week and haven't been in the studio too much. However, there are groceries in the fridge now and a meal planned for tonight. I am good to go! If you think I just get to be arty all of the time, think again!
Hope everyone has had a good week so far. Thanks for reading and commenting.