|HOMESTEAD 11x14 oil on linen panel|
I wanted to explore the potential of the idea further, so using the 8x10 I had done in the field, I took out an 11x14 to continue in the studio. I was interested in getting the correct relationship of values, so as to make the warmth of the sun really shine on the house. Because of what I wanted to express about this scene, I chose the color to have the more barren feeling of late autumn, rather than, say, mid-summer with warm puffy clouds and flowers. I discovered that what I liked about the color was the relatively deep, somber harmony of the landscape contrasted with the sun shining on the old house. Even the sky is a full value step darker than I would normally paint it. That allowed me to have plenty of "muscle" left to make the light on the house appear more brilliant.
So, the studio piece was a further "study". I didn't choose a larger canvas, because I was still searching for the elements that would bring the painting closer to the expression I'm after. However, having gone this far with it, and obtaining interesting results. I am considering doing a 16x20 as a finished version, and really looking forward to carrying the theme forward. Make sense?