Still above normal temperatures in the first week of December. This winter we were visited by 4 major Atlantic storms. The weathermen referred to them as Abigail, Barney, Clodagh and the most recent Desmond. What lovely names belying the damage from wind and flooding.
The unusual conditions, including mild temperatures, have presented unusual colours in the landscape. Pockets of growth are adding patches of spring colour.
Empty areas within the painting, like the foreground above, I find more difficult to paint than an area containing a definite object. An empty area may need to contribute to the composition, as above in adding to the movement of the trees, but must remain empty. Its very easy to overdo and create a feature which will upset the composition.
This painting uses only 3 colours, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber and Cerulean Blue plus black and white. There is no medium used, only White Spirits. The size is 16″ x 10″.
Here’s the video of the painting process. See you soon.
What you said about the empty area really struck me, as I have the same thoughts about it – I always want to fill up everything and as you say, it is all to easy to go overboard. Interesting to see how you handled it.
‘Less is more’. For me, the less I have to paint the more difficult it is 🙂
Yes! I totally know that feeling!