"Hiking Through Spring Wild Flowers"
Oil on board, 14" x 11" #20005821
This painting was an exercise with an online art community I belong to, called 4C. I took a photo that I had taken, drew out "thumbnails" (Left below) of different views, changing anything I wanted in each of them. Choosing a favourite, then drawing it larger and putting in different values or shading to again find the one I preferred. The next step was to draw it out larger, with more details and the last one was to paint it. What really surprised me doing this exercise was that I preferred a portrait rather than landscape orientation even though the photo was in a landscape orientation. I really miss my hiking friends and miss walking on these hidden paths (not so hidden in my painting).
I wanted the path I took on the hike to be more prevalent as you really can't see it in the photo. I finished the painting below, and the feedback I got was that I did not adhere to the thumbnails (lower right). I worked on the painting again to reflect my view (less sky, vary path etc.) with the finished painting above. A great exercise to do for every painting so you don't have to figure it out as you go...much easier to change you mind with a pencil and eraser.
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