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Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Across the Field

Across The Field

8x6in oil on canvas board  100.

This is a plein air painting.
A lovely valley view across the field to a cluster of houses.

In the Mesilla Valley there is a web of irrigation ditches
which come in different sizes.
This one was not a large one but looked like the farmer had personally
extended it from his main ditch.

Artist Note.

I wanted a "high key"  painting (meaning no large darker areas)
because the light was so bright and
the only shadows were from the bushes.
I established simple shapes with color... like a jigsaw puzzle,
and then refined some places in the front.

Click on the image to enlarge and you will see interlocking shapes of color 
to suggest the houses back there, but no details such as windows or doors.
The only places I allowed myself some detail were on the front bushes.

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  1. A wonderfully sunny painting , it really shows how bright the light was. xx

  2. Lovely painting--nice fresh colors.


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