Oil on 6x6 gessoed hardboard
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sun setting over wetlands (Brent Cotton study)
This is a complex scene that I did battle* with today. The difficulty was in staving off weird shapes happening here and there. The strong shape in the water looked like the state of Texas for awhile...and after a day or so I will probably go back and try to break up a couple other "oddities" shape-wise. *I always remember Eric Jacobsen saying during a plein air workshop: "You are at war". To the uninitiated that may sound overly dramatic...but painting can feel like the enemy at times! This is a practice painting from a Cotton reference, but still.. I felt like I had to "fight" all the way for correct relationships, values, shapes and temperatures. I'm not sure I won...but I fought..