"New Harmony Spring"
8 x 10 oil/linen
Value is the key here. I don’t want to waste time having to go back and lighten my drawing to control contrasts.
Color is less important, and I may use a different hue for each painting.
This stage also shows colorful shadow shapes and a bit more drawing to the middle ground trees.
The grassy field has a huge influence on my color and value perceptions. It’s also a key player in the sentiment I am trying to convey.
To make the landscape read, I know the light side of the tree must be a value in-between the field plane and the tree shadows.
I also try to limit my color intensities to the upright trees and not all of the masses.
Only do what you believe will help you make informed choices about the next few steps.
Establish the important relationships. Try to resolve the sentiment…Hint: It’s not in the details!
Next, I start to address form. I have a saying. What points at the sky, belongs to the sky. I start to show form by adding cool notes to planes that point upwards and warmer notes to those that face the ground.
I cut into the trees with sky color to give a more natural, organic feel.
Adding bird holes, starting to modulate the color of the foreground grasses.
To help tame the greens, activate the mass and give visual excitement, I add a complementary violet.
I saturate the canola in the foreground and make sure it is less in the background.
Added a slight pink to the tops of the grasses under the mid ground tree…and done!