Sunday, February 22, 2009

2009 painting #1

I took a couple of photos from the side of the road a while back. I thought I would try to turn one into a little painting. What caught my attention at the scene was the colorful orange grass on the hillside. I am convinced that a strong design is vital to a painting's success. So I did many little thumbnails where I played with the shapes and value pattern. I varied the sizes and the arrangement of the shapes. Finally I settled on the vertical format and made a 6"x8" painting. It's not a great painting... the brushwork is bad... among other things. But I think the design is working OK.

thumbnails (click to enlarge)

6"x8" oil on panel


Bron Smith said...

Hurray! I'm so glad that you're venturing into painting. The painting looks great. And I can see that it's finding its way into the Jonesapaloosa side too. I hope you find it rewarding. Ironically, I'm in a line and wash phase with Trowbridge because it's faster.

Alina Chau said...