The painting on this progressed well. I blocked it in with Transparent Red Oxide on an imprimatura of Transparent Yellow Oxide. Even though the shadows are relatively cool, I could still sense heat in them and using the oxides helps convey that. Much of my green was mixed using Ivory Black and Cad Yellow Medium or Yellow Ochre. I don't often use greens (except for sap green) straight from the tube.
I really wanted the two bushes in the midground to convey the heat with the yellow halo of leaves on each. Also, critical to the composition was the light tuft of grasses running diagonally and the Naples Yellow formations at the upper left.
One of the goals I want to attain this year is adding narrative to my work so that rather than acting just as a depiction, it tells a story. This painting will have a dog in the foreground left, turned and looking back to a figure standing right of center up near the buildings who is calling to the dog. The question is, will the dog listen? or will it ignore the caller and continue to forage?
This site is both the chronicle of my recent sabbatical - the theme of which was "a sense of place" and my ongoing work in life after sabbatical. I try to share thoughts and insights about my work and the practice of painting that others will find useful and applicable to their own work. I hope you enjoy your visit!