|5/27/22 Green Lake neighborhood|
To give myself an additional kick, I took a cue from Sue Heston, who likes to make multiple thumbnails of the same scene cropped in different ways. She says it pushes her to think beyond a first impression, and I thought that was an excellent approach. So often I start sketching the first composition that occurs to me, but as soon as I do, I see better options.
The tightest crop and the least like a “typical” composition for me, No. 2 seemed like the best choice for a larger, more finished sketch in color (top of page). Initially, I was going to use “reality” colors, but strangely, it felt like less thinking would be required if I used my favorite primary triad instead. (Using a primary triad used to be a challenge! Now it’s more comfortable than reality colors!? Whaaaat?? When did that happen?!) Even with the primary triad, I had enough color challenges to work out that the final sketch still felt fun and fresh – not just a re-do of one of the thumbnails.
There – I think I finally followed all the rules! Not bad for a 30-minute “oil painting,” which I’m very pleased with. Someone, please tell Ian to give me an “A.”
|I resisted the temptation to add more stuff just because|
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