Thursday, May 1, 2008

Oh, man, that's ugly

Jumping right to the picture ...



Now there's a reason it looks so ugly right now. It's beginning to pick up some color that it needs and is going to need going forward. For example, in the foreground, the red hue will be covered over by an application of a golden brown mixed with shots of green and a muddier brownish color. Then, using a technique called 'scraffito', long grass will be 'scraped' into the forground using the edge of a pallet knife. The underlying red will show through in the grass.

Decisions need to be made about the trees on both sides of the painting. The trees on the right, for example, need to be 'thinned' out and the trunks extended down to the underbrush at the base of the hill, which will serve to pull them closer to the viewer. The trees on the left need to have their trunks thinned and a decision needs to be made as to whether they are to be near or far. If near, they just need work. If far, then the foliage at the base of the trees needs to get painted out, and the trees need to be glazed over with the blue/white 'mist'.

So, right now, everything needs work. I almost hate to post this because it really looks terrible, but it IS part of the evolution of the piece and it is part and participle of the end result. And the idea here is, after all, to document the process. So here it is. Ugly. The duckling before .....

3 comments:

moneythoughts said...

Careful with the knife. I would use the rounded end of my brush, it is easier to use. Pick the size you want and try it. Don't be upset with the color. Remember Gaugain's landscapes freed the painter from painting everything as it appears in nature. I know what you are trying to achieve, but a little color up front will also give your painting depth and interest. The trees in the distance need to be muted, otherwise they will not look right. Good job on the waterfalls, that is not easy to do.

Lady Language said...

I don't see ugly - I see the process at hand and I actually like the warmth of the reddish grass in the foreground - compliments the green nicely. I also think the foggy mountain in the background is almost perfect. But what do I know, I sell and blog about clothes :)

And yes, the waterfalls are great - I can feel the movement.

Jennifer said...

for some reason, i really like this. maybe it is just me, maybe i'm not sure what i should be looking for... but i guess it is like they say... to each their own... and this is something i like.

i think the new color is bold and looks good. i know you aren't done w/ this project yet... so i will wait to see what else i find...

xoxoxo