|PEDERNALES CLIFFSIDE 16X20 oil on linen|
I've been concentrating on improving the value structure of my paintings and getting away from painting "things". I want to be in that zone where I'm thinking more about shapes, values, pattern, color, edges, design. After all, that's really what painting is about, right? Squint at this painting, and try to identify the big division of light and dark shapes. It should look something like this.
I intentionally pushed the chroma (intensity or vibrance if you like) on all my colors beyond my usual choices. It was a lot of fun to paint this, and I'm going to experiment with it more. Try it yourself. Design a big, simplified light/dark pattern, and just let it rip!