I’ve been thinking a lot about reality being only a reference point for paintings. Yesterday’s early morning landscape sketches challenged that thought.
After my first thirty minute sketch (see yesterday’s post on Third Time Around) I moved on to my second with the intent of focusing on the shadows cast by a large walnut tree. I was enjoying the variations of color I was getting with my limited palette of Scarlet Lake, Cadmium Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Sap Green and Titanium White. It seemed a pity to interrupt the movement and flow of shapes by painting in the trees and fence.
Having had far too much fun, I promised myself I would behave myself and focus on a more realistic expression of the shadows on the lawn in my next quick sketch.
So much for that plan….. I might try this on a larger canvas.
Oil sketches: 5″ x 5″ on prepared birch wood panels.