Thursday, April 9, 2020

Fix It Friday #6 - Palm Tree Promenade

Palm Tree Promenade, 8 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2020

This little plein air piece was so fun to paint, and I was happy with it. Then... on closer look... I started seeing little nits. Hmmmm, why do we always have to take that closer look? This one fell into the "while I'm at it" category. I didn't change much, but I do like it so much better!


Problem 1 - The sky plane was not separating out from the other planes enough.
Fix 1 - Added more layers of clouds to get added light into the sky.
Fix 2 - Lightened the sky at lowest point on horizon.
(Fix 1 and 2 - Lighter sky pushes it farther back from the mountain.)

Problem 2 - Palm trees on right were clumpy and too evenly spaced.
Fix 1 - Added a bit of sky top edge to break up the foliage clumps.
Fix 2 - Broke up the Per•fect•ly E•ven spaces where the palm trunks enter the foliage, by changing the direction of just the middle tree trunk.

Sometimes little nuances can make all the difference. A small value shift in one area allows the whole piece to make more sense. Likewise, making sure that spaces are more random and irregular removes visual monotony. As I have said before, I hope that taking the time to observe and analyze these "issues" will help me avoid repeating the same errors over and over. 

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Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

A am amazed at how much a difference makes with the little changes. I love this one.

Barbara Muir said...

Great work Laurel,

I think of your work often when I paint. I wish you were nearby, and we weren't in Lockdown. I'd jump in my car and bring my current work over for a consult. I'd pay of course!

But alas. Just love your work and your kind explanations.