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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.