Day 28 - Don't Concave In
It is 9 degrees outside and I will be going out to paint at Sears Island today. Crazy, I know but it will be sunny.
So this morning I did this quick study for the Leslie Saeta 30 day challenge.
I have been reading John Carlson's book "Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting" as recommended by Stapleton Kearns at snow camp last week. There is a section where Carlson talks about convex lines. He says, " Try to feel that almost all natural, growing forms are convex lines rather than concave"
|bulging earth forms|
Carlson goes on to say that "All earth forms bulge up." This of course is not a natural law but an observation from an artist. (One of the best landscape painters of the last century).
So, that is what I tried to keep in mind in this little study.
This is an old brick farmhouse about a few miles from where I live. I could spend years painting it.
|even the grass is convex|
Carlson says that concavity creates a "hanging line" and unless there is some outstanding artistic reason for using it , don't, stick with convex. Even my brushwork for the grassy slope is full of convex strokes.
This one will end up being painted on a larger scale.