Monday, February 20, 2012

Rock Isle Lake Thaw [oil, 16”x20”]

This painting has been reworked since I posted it on February 18th.  Taking a more critical look at this made me realize that I had lost the value pattern [see the previous post for the red and black version] that I was going for.  Those of you that have been up to Sunshine Meadows know that there are many spots to view this lake from.  To get back to my original value pattern and simplify, I replaced a section of the foreground with water.  I also warmed up the bottom of the sky just a bit, showed some warmer and lighter sections on the mountain above the isle, and added more of a bank on the isle.  I hope you like it!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Cheryl,
    I like your painting.
    As I look at it as if it were mine I come to feel that the sky is being a backdrop, rather than a plane coming forward, paralleling the ground from far to near. As the ground is under your feet the sky is over your head. Increasing contrast helps forms move forward. Reducing them the opposite. Consider that your ground plane is too constrasting as it gets farther away. Your sky plane not enough as it gets closer. The relative size of the forms is also a factor. See how tiny your ground forms are compared to those near, while in the sky the relative size of the forms is more equal.
    I hope this is helpful to you, and doesn't take away from the success of your current painting.