Wednesday, December 30, 2009

148 Pasture at Dawn

This painting is the second of the "memory" paintings. I am trying to capture the colors and clouds in the morning light. The cloud shapes are constantly changing. It's worse than a seascape, as waves have a regularity to them. Though constantly moving, the waves basic shape stays the same. As the sun rises and sets, the morning and evening light changes color and intensity by the minute. The closer to the horizon, the quicker the change.

The painting was done from some notes and scribbled lines I jotted down as the sun rose. It wasn't until a few days later that I actually painted it. Have you ever found notes that you wrote to yourself, and wondered what in the heck you were trying to say? Well, after a lapse of a couple of days, those color notes and squiggly lines didn't convey all the information that they did when I wrote them.

But it is still early in this project. I will try make up some abbreviations for colors and values, and standardize the lines. One type for hard edges, another for soft edges. And a few other shorthand notes.

Here is the sketch and notes for this painting

Pasture at Dawn
4 x 6 Oil on Canvas

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