Here’s a piece that I started en plein air, painting from a plant in the entryway of a hotel while on vacation with my family. It was beautiful but it was all alone in a bed of rock; not a whole lot of atmosphere. I was out there several mornings painting and chatting with people that walked by.
I wanted to show you several steps in this process . At first I went in too dark trying to work speedily because of trying to squeeze in painting with family activities. Rather than having the plant alone, I suggested foliage and blooms behind it.
When I got to the point where the foliage seemed ok, I still felt it looked blah. The stems were lifted out and suggested but it seemed dark on bottom, light on top. I have recently read a(nother) book on composition and I thought, wonder if an “L” shape composition of darks would work?
So that’s when I added the dark background on the top left. Do you think it improved it?
Here’s the photo I took before starting. Kind of ho hum. not even nice light and shadow.
Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy hearing from you. Stay tuned in September when I do the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge once again!