Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sometimes You Just Need to Paint

I think You just need to paint whether your mind wants to or not. The top painting is of an old hops processing barn outside Sacramento CA. It was winter. The next painting was for a Pleine Aire competition in Huntington Beach, CA. I painted it on location. I tried to capture the different figures and what they were doing that day.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Foreground and Middle Ground

I did this painting yesterday. I am studying the way a good painting is constructed. A good painting has a foreground, middle ground and background. The idea is to try to create the illusion of depth. This is trying to show early morning in Aix on a hot summers day. Click on image to see a larger view.

This painting I did almost Three years ago. I have a foreground, the road, taking your eye into the painting to the front of the barn in the middle ground. That is what painters must do, move the viewers eye through the painting to places they want you to go.