I no longer post to my blog, but it contains several years worth of short articles I've written regarding various painting tips, thoughts, and inspiration for pastelists and oil painters. I began the blog in 2011 simply as a resource for students I taught at my studio at the time. I stopped posting in 2018, but even though I've grown in my artistic journey since then, much of what I've shared here is still relevant, and therefore I've kept it visible for anyone who cares to skim though it.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Rocks in the landscape.
Rocks Along the River, 12 x 16
In class last week we continued with rocks, incorporating them into the landscape. In this demonstration, my objective was to sharply define only a few of the rocks at the center of interest (or the area of interest, as I've heard it called, which is the case here). The other rocks were kept very loose with mostly soft edges and less contrast than the center-of-interest rocks. Also, since this painting is mostly about the rocks, the other elements in the scene--the trees, water and sky--were kept simplified with little detail. Otherwise the painting overall would be much too busy.