Sunday, May 18, 2014

Farm in Pompey Center, 11 x 19" - reworked

Farm in Pompey Center, pastel on paper by Adriana Meiss
This is another reworked pastel. The original painting, done on location in 2009 is below, and you can read more about it here.

original pastel, done on location
 The first thing one notices is that light in the original pastel is too blue, but that was my fault when taking the photo. The real problem which, I did not see at the time, was that the rows of corn stubs in the foreground pointed to the plowed field in the distant left, thus guiding the eye outside the picture plane. Once I knew what and how to fix it, it was really fun to work on it.

The following are the main changes done:

  • the plowed field in the distance was  removed 
  • the color and value were adjusted in the distant row of trees 
  • ochres were added to the closer row of trees to indicate late afternoon light
  • blue and turquoise were added  to the barn
  • the direction of the rows was slightly switched to the right in the middle ground to guide the eye towards the barn

So far I think it works and I might frame it soon.


Donna T said...

Nice changes! I really like how you removed that distant tree line so now we move farther back in the painting. It's so hard to change what's really there but you sure made a better painting by doing so!

Adriana Meiss said...

Thank you Donna! I think the distant hill is too curvy, so it needs to be more irregular...
I'm constantly debating whether to make something work or simply leave it alone and start a new one, but for better or for worse, I usually take the first approach.