Thursday, May 21, 2020

Beach Cove Overlook - Fix It Friday #12

Beach Cove Overlook, 18 x 36, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2020

Today, I am re-sharing a "fix" I made a few years ago... 
After enlarging a plein air piece I painted in California, I immediately saw problems that had not surfaced in the smaller study. Sometimes that happens when going from small to large. 

Here's what happened next...



Problem 1 - The main subject was unapproachable (grass and foliage in the way).
Fix 1 - Added a pathway that leads to the main subject and focal point. 

Problem 2 - The cove was too circular and dominant.
Fix 1 - Pushed it back by making the shape of cove and waves more elliptical.
Fix 2 - Increased the mass and height of grasses on the bluff to visually overlap the cove (which also helps to subdue it and push it back). 

This had the classic battle of different elements fighting for the spotlight. Background was trying to come forward, and the subject was a bit buried. By clarifying a hierarchy of elements, the tension lifted and the whole scene was able to settle into place.

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Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a wonderful difference!

Sharon L. Graves said...

You’re amazing. You fix problems I don’t even see.

Laurel Daniel said...

Thank you, Penny and Sharon!!! :)