Sunday, February 14, 2016

Majestic - Show Tip #8

Majestic, 36 x 24, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2016
Sold in Solo Show, "Chasing Color, Finding Light", Davis Gallery

When clouds and atmosphere collide with warming sun rays, it can make for a majestic sky morning. I am always happy to witness the drama and find the imagery very inspiring. 

When I first started this painting, I blocked it in as a horizontal. I loved the farm buildings but realized that I really needed more room to develop the amazing sky. Darn it. 

It was hard to wipe down after I had carefully sketched in all the forms, but once I turned the canvas and began again, I was glad I did. 

The new start... with room for the sky... ahhh!

Show Tip #8 - Stay Flexible
It doesn't take very long to become "married" to an idea, but sometimes a great plan needs to be slightly adjusted (or completely revamped). It's especially hard for me to let go once I have invested time and care into a good start. However, I learned a long time ago that getting attached too soon (and ignoring a problem area) can ruin not only the final piece, but also my enjoyment of the whole process. It's so important to stay objective. In the case above, I argued with myself about whether or not I had time to start over. Ultimately, I didn't have time NOT to start over!

Here are links to other Show Tips:
Tip #4 - Work in Series
Tip #6 - Be Kind to YOU

Painters - join me at this Plein Air Workshop:
April 28-30, Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA
Contact Info: Mary Anderson, 912-634-8414

2 comments:

Sally Chupick said...

beautiful sky painting Laurel.

Marilyn Flanegan said...

I'm really enjoying this preview to your show at the Davis Gallery but also your show tips are invaluable, Laurel! As far as being flexible, I've been inspired to cut a panel or two to celebrate a better composition. love your big sky!