- I like situations like this one where the light is shining into the scene and picking out the trunks and rocks, grasses in a high key. That gives me nice brightly lit structure in my trees.I can also get those deep values right behind those light trunks. I have written about "value stacking" where I place lights against darks and lights behind those. I try to find lots of ways to get Darks behind my higher key shapes.
- When I set up I will ask myself,"where is the light going?" and I will look there for my subject. It usually makes bright paintings with lots of well lit elements to contrast with my foliage.
- I like the fall colors over on the right. I find a lot of times the fall color is just to much. I like it when the foliage is the color of 500 dollar suits. I like the russets and golds.
- Sometimes outside I am confronted with huge mountains sides of brilliant orange. Unless there is a barn or group of buildings for a major foil in front of it I walk away from those now. I have made lots of paintings full of screaming oranges and I am never happy with them when I get them inside.
- I try to understate the foliage I will feed the complement into it or use more earth colors to paint it.
- Sometimes I will paint all of the fall scene chromatically with cadmium yellow light, permanent red and cobalt blue. Those colors give a real clean and slightly blond look that is restrained yet "clear" that I like. The whole painting will hang together real well when I do this. Then I my add other colors from my palette as accents and incidental notes.
- An Autumn painting is almost always going to be colorful enough, so I concentrate on the structure of things. I think solid form and tree architecture are more interesting than enormous masses of colors that I wouldn't find easy to live with for long in a painting.
Monday, October 4, 2010
More on painting fall
A travel day today, I will post more about that tomorrow. I am typing this late at night and tired, so it will be brief. Here are a few more bullet points on fall paintings.