|First Light on the Hay Field, 11 x 14|
Completed this past week working from the
original painting (below).
|Three Hay Bales at Sunrise, 8 1/4 x 11 3/4|
Completed in 2002 from a glossy photo.
I thought it would be fun to redo an old painting from years ago, using only the original painting for reference. Since the original was done before I started using a digital camera, my original reference photo was a glossy print, which I always found to drown out my dark areas. Because of that, I didn't have good information to go on for my distant trees in my original painting. Although I mostly liked this piece, I didn't care for that dark band at the top in which I tried my best to hint at those trees. Since I've had this painting displayed in my studio for many years, I've had a long time to observe it, and many years of practice since I painted it the first time. I liked the overall composition and kept that, but wanted to add more depth and a bit more definition to the top portion. I thought having some sunlight peek through the trees to open up that area would do the trick. I also tried to add more richness to the color. As with most artists, my use of color has evolved over the years, moving away from strickly local color.