Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cattle Crossing

The forecast was for temperatures about 90 degrees, so we settled in the shade on the edge of a stream on the farm. The band of sunlit bright green of the mowed field was very attractive to the eye. Cloud cover moved in and it was quite comfortable. Having done a very simple 8x10 study and taken reference photographs, I returned to the studio. I sketched a simplified version of the view from photos, then proceed to tone the canvas olive to represent the background trees. I used Viridian in the dark foreground trees to give them warmth and make them move forward.

1 comment:

  1. Dan--this piece is great--but then I think all your work is. You have such a beautiful, eloquent way of describing the day, location, and your approach to the painting. Very nicely done--always such strong designs. Excellent!