Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Grand Canyon


1.46 Grand Canyon. Painting progression. I'm going to keep focusing on these dark scenes in an effort to find an interesting way to show shadows like these. There are only a few small places in this painting where the lighted areas truly convince the viewer that the dark areas are anything other than a patch of black paint. My goal is to make a painting with only small patches of color that still looks as full as a well lit landscape.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Mummy Cave


1.45 Mummy Cave, Canyon de Chelly. Going forward, I would like to focus more on how shadows can be used to convey the shape of an object. In this painting I tried to use shadows alone to show the form of the Anasazi dwelling. The cliff face and the structure are almost of a uniform color such that without the shadows, the structure would be very well camouflaged against the cliff. I still put some contrast between the colors but may try to use even less contrast in the future.

The other thing that I like about shadows is that they can imply the presence of things that are outside the frame. In this case, the shadow engulfing the house suggests that there is a large escarpment just to the right of our view.