Sunday, October 2, 2011

Cedar Breaks National Monument

1.49 Cedar Breaks NM. Painting progression. I can't decide if this looks like a canyon or just splotches of color. I know what it is supposed to look like so I see a canyon but I'm afraid that other people wouldn't. Maybe that is a good thing though. One good thing about not trying to accurately represent a subject is that you can focus more on making a pleasing composition of colored shapes in the painting. The problem here is that I'm not sure if this composition works as anything other than a depiction of a canyon.
I got a particularly watery bottle of brown acrylic paint recently. The brand that I use is usually a nice thick consistency but this particular bottle sometimes requires two applications to get a solid block of color. I had fun using this to give an uneven coloration to the shady portions of the painting. I painted the whole thing as if evenly sunlit first and then went back and painted the shadows over this. The thin brown paint allowed the lighter colors below to show through if I pushed hard with the brush.

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