|TEMPLES AND THRONES 12x16 plein air oil on canvas panel|
The thing I was most interested in was the dominating morning shadow pattern of the mountains. I began by deciding how I might arrange these shadow shapes to create focus on the wedge of light on the mountains connecting the foreground and sky. With that in mind I began to block in a simplified NOTAN design for my composition. This is a big help in starting to invent the painting, while avoiding being drawn into a monumental drawing problem of "transcribing" the scene as it appears. Boring! Instead, right from the start, I can begin improvising to bring out my intent for this magnificent subject.
After a quick skeleton sketch in ochre, I chose to use an exaggerated blue-purple under-tone to block-in the shadows. I'm just trying to get a nicely connected pattern that will guide me through the process as I lay in color.
Next, I add a pattern of medium value that adds a bit of form, develops the focal emphasis (the passage where the light transitions from the valley to the sky) and gives me the basic 3 value plan I will use to develop my idea. From hear on, I try to mix whatever colors I add so that they will remain within the value groups.
nothing enhances spontaneity and improvisation like careful planning. :)
TEMPLES AND THRONES
©Jimmy Longacre 2013
12x16 oil on canvas panel
subjective impressionist landscape paintings
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