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Remember the several outages we had last Fall?
For art you need much light.This was the scene
from when we brought McKenzie to Apple Hill
So I thought to do something with a lot of contrast,
like scratch board, where you scratch
the color of ink into the 4 inches board. It kept me
busy by a camping light. I’ve come this far…
about half way:)
Am ever making use of the seasons
to continue my learning about painting. While birders look for birds, and photographers
look for a pleasing design, and light fall,
here I am looking for scenes that would make
a memorable plein air.
W-entrance of Yosemite Nat. Park
Never forget the power of the entrance into a scene.
It is a real attention grabber, even though there
is not much else to this scene.
People will say, “Oh the water is
“the shade of the trees is just so refreshing.”
A few caveats with this view. The focus with
the light grey rocks is too much in the middle.
Also with a view like this, learn to crop.
Meaning, divide the height and the width in three
parts, to make if more pleasing to the eye.
A few inches can make much difference
and be rated superb, instead of okay.
I know it’s not fair to be evaluated, but many
tend to judge these kinds of things automatically.
Whenever we are in nature, the views are seldom
perfect for a plein air. What I first look for
are patterns in the landscape.
This wall next to the waterfall Yosemite Falls
has some interesting
lines and patterns, and a nice contrast with the falls.
At the Sequoias in Yosemite Nat. Park.
What artists often forget is how the viewer “reads”
the landscape. Most often, how they have
learned to write (from left to right),
unless the center of interest is on the right.
Others may read from right to left, or from top
to bottom. So, it’s important to know
who you are painting for.
Almost at the S. Entrance, on our way out.
You might be completely taken by this view,
but newbie viewers need something to intrigue
them, otherwise it just might look like another
photo to them. “What is he doing?”
would be the first question.
There you have it – intrigue.
But … also beware to thoughtlessly copy this view.
The more one travels with the eye to the horizon,
the more purple the color needs to become.
This is opposite!
You could make the tan/peach looking part,
a green, or a grey-ish, leaning to purple,
or change the background completely.
What nature is able to teach you is phenomenal!
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