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.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Simplify, simplify, simplify!
Rum River Glow, oil, 11 x 14
This is a piece that I set aside several months ago but still thought it might have some merrit. So this week I took it back out and had some ideas on improvements. I kept looking back at a some little studies I did of this scene both in oil and pastel. And it was clear that I had to simplify it! Above is what I just completed today. Most of the changes I made were in the background trees...connecting shapes, eliminating some details, and softening edges.
Study for Rum River Glow, oil, 5 x 7
I did this little study right after I taught a pastel class many months ago, during which we practiced minimal stroke exercises. After the class, I used that same approach to paint this little oil study, which took about 15 - 20 minutes (much faster than usual for me!). I spent a lot more time on the painting above, but attempted to simplify it by connecting large shapes of similar values and eliminating unnecesary details as I did in the study.