Here's a new work in progress from our trip to the North Woods.
First, I did a painting on site in about 20 minutes. It simply is done to help me capture the light and first impressions so when I get back to the studio I can remember what attracted me to the subject. I also took plenty of photos for reference.
Of course when I got home I was ready to jump right to it but my first attempt didn't get too far.
Using a canvas with a rejected painting on it (probably an omen) I started the underpainting. I thought the square format would work well... but after I got this far I rejected it. The swing was too crowded and the layout left little room for the viewer to look deep back into the woods.
So I scrapped it and started again.
Here's the new composition. I like how the composition gives you space to walk back into the woods with your eyes.
I remembered the warm glow of the light in the pine forest so I started with a very warm underpainting.
Working from the top left to right, I have to keep talking to myself..."keep the colors muted and the paint thin"
I think I kept the darks thin enough..... we'll see how I did as the painting develops
Here's where I am at today. I really like the light in the center of the painting. I have a long way to go but so far so good.