Saturday, June 30, 2018

Moving towards Abstraction

My initial inclination is to paint what I see and I tend toward literal representation.  So my first pass at this image was the painting above, trying to match the color and imagery of the scene in the photo.  I wasn't able to push the hills back with the color.  They kept popping forward.  So I laid down a  light glaze over the hills to mute it.  While doing that I lost the lightness of the hills.

The second time I painted the scene, I tried to simplify the forms and abstract the shapes, but kept close with color.

This third pass, I held on to basic abstract, shape and value but gave up on literal color.