Thursday, April 5, 2018

Cypress Creek Reflections - Workshop Demo on Selection Process

Cypress Creek Reflections, 8x10, oil, L. Daniel © 2018
Workshop Demo - SOLD

On day two of my workshop, we painted the Cypress Creek next to Creekhaven Inn where we stayed. How great was it that we could walk out the door and down the hill to set up? The lessons that day were many... water, reflections, and mixing greens... but a big one had to do with the Selection Process

The scene was full of trunks and limbs and all kinds of tangled branches... what to choose? It's so important to have an "idea", and we can't have it all. (That never works!)

What caught my eye was that sunlit patch of grass next to the big cypress trunk (which widened nicely as the morning progressed), so I zoomed way in. My goal was to portray the feeling of the creek as simply as possible. 

Take what you need and leave the rest. 
Editing is EVERYTHING! 

More from the banks of Cypress Creek...


Marilyn Flanegan said...

You're so right, Laurel, editing is everything! It comes easier with experience, but it's still harrrd! :) You are masterful at knowing what to feature and visually supporting that one thing you wish to convey. Thank you for sharing. Lucky students!

Barbara Muir said...

Lucky people at that workshop. I am thinking about what you recommend right now. So love your work, and this painting.


Sharon L. Graves said...

Great post. Lucky students! Beautiful painting!