Journal of My Work-in-Progress: Painting and Photography
Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. It's a journal of sorts. It gives me a place to show my work-in-progress for my painting and photography. Comments are welcome --- add one at the end of an entry or email me at BarbBlumer@gmail.com.
The vineyards in this painting are driving me crazy.
This is a plein air painting from several summers ago that was unfinished and fraught with problems. I have been using it to practice some of the techniques in the Mitch Albala's landscape book. I want to improve my landscape skills by next summer before I paint outside again.
So far I have corrected the drawing problems in the distance--the hills were too big, etc. -- and repainted it with cooler, lighter values so that it would recede better. I have also created the band of trees and fields in the middle which aren't there in reality.
I have painted the vineyards in foregrounds so they look closer --- they are now bigger, sharper, and warmer than they used to be. I want them to lead you into the frame, and start the zig zag pattern into the distance.
The vineyards in the middle distance have been a challenge for me. I want them to sit flatter than than they are in my reference. And I haven't really painted vineyards before so I am learning what the visual cues are that will make them read as vineyards. I want to paint enough, but not too much.
I am going to set it aside for now, and come back to it when I think I can fix the middle distance vineyards.
My reference has the hills going down to the lake, but I didn't paint them that way, so I am having to imagine how the vineyards would exist in my landscape. That's probably why they are driving me crazy. But I still like the flatter design of my painting better, so I am holding on to it, and will have faith that I can eventually fix it in a way that I am satisfied.
Barbara Hall Blumer (pronounced Bloomer)