|Controbando Adobe 8x10 oil|
However, this little adobe needed some help to make a composition suitable for a painting. This where abstracting the landscape comes in. We're not to be captive to what we see before us. Rather, it's our job to take from what is there, and respond to what interests us most. We edit, rearrange, and often omit things that don't help to emphasize the star of the show. In this case, the adobe and its porch.
The base of the massive butte in the top right corner was appropriated from outside the natural scene. Same for the red dirt hill in front of it, and the other bit of an adobe to the right. The stark rectangle of the featured adobe needed some kind of foil to set it off and create spacial depth. There was actually only one scrubby tree in the background to the left of the adobe. I felt it needed more than that, again for depth and to give a bit more interest in the sky shape. The pathway leading in from the bottom left was arranged to carry the eye across the little arroyo, and back to the porch of the adobe with its shadow pattern. A good start for a larger painting.