|Around the Corner, oil on canvas, 8" X 6", ©2015, Nancy Van Blaricom|
I took the reference photo while we were coming home from shopping one day last fall. Just as we were about to turn a corner I saw this setting. I liked seeing the sun on the distant trees and the dark of the shade in the nearby trees.
In the bottom photos you see my studies from January .
I did thumbnail pencil sketch and immediately decided that I had centered the tree. Then the oil study. I didn't do much better with the tree but I did like the varying heights that made the composition better.
From here I remembered what I liked about the scene in the first place, which was the sun in the distance and the shade in the foreground.
Maybe it was the journey I took to get to the end results, but, I'm happy with this one.