Thursday, January 08, 2009

Revisiting Missouri


I came back to this reference today to put into practice some things that I have been reading about. Slightly different crop this time. I'm much happier with this version and feel that I am beginning to make a breakthrough with bringing my foregrounds forward and pushing back the background. The tree also seems to have more substance and I feel a lot happier about its structure. Sketching priorities for the next few days is to do some work on trees. I am also very happy that there is a feeling of early evening to this piece. I do need to work on my brushstrokes more, looking at other artist's work I'm aware of what a difference the use of different strokes makes to a piece.

I've been trying to find a picture by Sargent that I had seen a while back (dining table with silver dishes on it) - if anyone knows the one I mean I would be very grateful if you could give me a URL. Its been driving me crazy not being able to find it!

New Year's Resolution 8 - Practice techniques.

6 comments:

Mary said...

What a lovely painting Anita, I love the color palette.

Anita said...

Hi Mary! Thats interesting as the palette is the one thing I am not sure about!

Robyn said...

I love the way you are finding the patterns in the landscape, Anita. I really love the palette too and there is a great deal of depth in this one.

Jeanette said...

There is a very solid feel to this Anita.

The colours reflect the land and seem very natural. I like how you've created the tree, the shapes and colour choices. It has detail yet no detail and works very well.

I'll keep an eye out for that Sargent painting for you.

Anita said...

Robyn - thank you!

Jeanette - One of my main goals with this piece was to nail the tree, the negative spaces and figure out how to give it more depth, make it more 3-dimensional. Feeling more confident that I can get the paint to do what I want it to do.

Jeanette said...

Anita, was this the Sargent painting you meant?

http://www.museumsyndicate.com/item.php?item=8182

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