Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gemeni Bridges

Painting 1.20 Gemini Bridges, in Moab, UT. One thing you'll notice when looking at formations like this is a faint but warm red glow in the shadows created by light reflected from the ground. I realized that up to this point I had been ignoring this aspect of the scenes that I had been painting and wanted to try to recreate it here. I'm not sure how well it worked out, but one thing that I am happy about is the look of the upper left hand potion in the foreground. I struggle a lot with making the rocks in the painting really look "3D" and in this case I really feel like you can tell that those jagged rocks are protruding from the sandstone. The only problem is that I can't really put my finger on what makes it look better than the other parts of the painting to me. Maybe it's the highlighting around the edge of the rocks, or is it the darker color of the whole area? In any case I'll have to keep trying different things to create this effect in subsequent paintings.

Giclee Print

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