Sunday, February 27, 2011

Beach Grasses

Small study on paper 6" x 8"

This started out approximately 8" x 8".  After completing the painting I looked at it for awhile and I wasn't happy with the foreground so I decided to  cropped it in Photoshop.   Now I like it better - cropped.  In the cropped out foreground I had attempted to put in some wet sand  that was partially in shade and had some of the  grasses, but I couldn't pull it off to make it look realistic.... crop, crop, crop.

So, what do you see?  
  • What time of day is it?  
  • Whats the overall feeling, mood? 
  • Summer, Winter, Fall, Spring?
I'll give you a clue. This doesn't look anything like the photo reference I worked from.

Today, I'll attempt to paint another.  Today, I'll do a value sketch.  Today, I'll put in my shaded areas first.  Today I'll start out with a list of things I must remember as I work.  Todays a new day.

8 comments:

  1. To me it feels like a blustery day...either fall or early sping. I can feel the wind.

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  2. Early morning, fall? It doesn't have to look like the photo!

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  3. Thanks Linda for your comment ... must be the clouds that give the feeling of wind.

    Deb ... you are right. I think its called 'artistic license', huh?

    You are both on the right track. It was an early morning walk ...Clouds and a breeze. Maybe late summer or early fall.

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  4. I thought that was on morning because of the color of the sky and in fall because of the color of the herbs.
    I like very much.

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  5. I like this quite a bit. I think you have done well on the sense of distance in the lighter bluer trees. I'm feeling spring because of hints of green within the dried grasses. I think it's more of a alpine view with a prairie in front. I'd be glad to grant your Artistic License!! LOL I don't think you need to show your reference photo - I need to stop that myself. Keep them guessing!

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  6. I would have said early morning as well. Great job of capturing the quality of morning light.

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  7. What I LOVE about this is that it appears that you painted it on-the-spot. Lots of paintings that are done from photos have a "dead" look--this shows you did not just fall off a turnip truck! lol. There have been times when I cropped an oil painting by physically chopping it off. Somewhat unconventional but whatever works. I love the fresh clean colors and beautiful tree shapes.

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  8. I guessed fall to. Whatever time of day or year, it is a well done image.

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