Personal Art Blog
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.
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.
I am a painter living in Las Cruces, NM. After many years as an illustrator I turned to fine art to develop my own artistic voice. I currently teach talented and enthusiastic artists in oil, acrylic and egg tempera painting. I am also a member of the Artist Guild of Southern New Mexico.