"Rees Valley" 20x20" Oil on Canvas
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Hi guys, I'm home from my South Island adventure and spent the day in the studio today painting this 20x20" piece from the smaller study I did down there on the spot. It's really nice to let loose on a bigger one with the luxury of more time and biscuits. Here's a list of things I wrote down to inspire me for the day's work:
big vs small
thin vs thick
You can see the first on the list was 'shimmering complementaries' which I really wanted to pursue in this one - adding more color into the shadows with warm/cool variations that are (this is important) the same value as the main shadow color. I really enjoy doing this. It's something that was really hammered home in this painting from a week ago. Funny how you keep re-learning stuff.
Since I've been working on this Mastering Sunsets dvd I also had a hankering to really nail a glowing sun effect in a painting so I spent a fair amount of time trying to achieve that today too. Basically ALL the colors get warmer and lighter towards the sun, but I also threw some cool complements in there to to add some shimmer. Worked pretty well no? Pretty atmospheric.Yeah I had fun. It's interesting looking at the color difference between the on-site study and the studio piece. I think mainly because I was painting looking into the sun that day the study came out fairly dark and gray, so I tried to remedy that a bit in the big one.
I also had lots of good advice rolling around in my head that was given by my painting companions on top of that cliff and in the valley the following day. Stuff like, 'Don't make pattterns', 'Put more colour in your snow', 'get a full value range in for a more dynamic painting', 'remember to soften edges', 'unbalance your composition a little', etc etc. Thanks to John, Ben and Mary.
Brrr. My studio was colder than painting in the snow today! Time for a hot bath to thaw my bones.
What do you think of the painting? Please if you do want to leave a comment can you do it on the blog post page and not reply by email? I've found that lots of interesting comments come to me be email but it would be nice to share those with everyone else too. Thanks.
Hope you all had a productive day too.
All the best,
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