Sunday, July 29, 2012

Moving Storm-Setting Sun, 10x8"

Moving Storm-Setting Sun, pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord by Adriana Meiss

The shed in the painting is an old garage surrounded by conifers, that never fails to attract my attention whenever I drive by.  When I was ready to paint it, I knew I had to modify the reference photo a great deal because of the problems with composition it presented: 1.There was a barrier of trees behind the shed, blocking the sunset. 2. Two thirds of the scene was a solid mass of green, yet I felt it was the right proportion in order to give an idea of distance.

Creating an opening was easy, but what to put behind it? I used my artist license and created more hills, thus giving me the chance to use aerial perspective. The grass, I have to admit, was the the area that took me the longest. I had to look at Richard McKinley's paintings to get an idea on how to deal with it. Sometimes there is nothing like a challenge to get you going!  

5 comments:

Donna T said...

This is such a nice painting Adriana! I could never tell you made those changes but they sure work! I love how you did the grass - it's just perfect.

Adriana Meiss said...

Donna, thank you! I'm glad you think the grass works. It was hard keeping myself from adding more detail in that area.

hmuxo said...

This is a gorgeous painting, Adriana. The color of the "light" hitting the grass is outstanding.! Makes me want to be there..

Adriana Meiss said...

Thank you Hilda! This one will be part of my upcoming exhibit.

Rik no Orkut said...

Bom!