Saturday, August 24, 2013

Drawing it together with shadows

I always did intend to put in a big shadow fro the left bank. After looking at the St John painting I finally just did it, which simplified all the busy stuff in the creek behind Faf and unified the entire painting. Now you get the feel of them being down in a crack in the earth, in a deep pool of shadow.   There's also a strong sense now of fitful light playing across the landscape. I've also been simplifying things around the edges of the painting and in deep shadow. This is beginning to take on those primordial aspects I discussed earlier, where unimportant elements dissolve into colored mists and things are seen often in silhouette.

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