Thursday, February 05, 2009
I finally managed to finish this agonizing landscape which has been sitting on my easel for what feels like and probably has been months. What had me stuck was my uncertainty of how to finish it. The painting went through a number of transformations before it finally became this somewhat tranquil vista. The colors were once much more contrasting and stark but I went back in and reworked the tones to bring them all back inline with one another. The final additions that convinced me the painting may be finished was the layers of whitecaps and waves across the water and shore. This gave this somewhat static scene some movement and more interest at least to me.
Presently I'm working on sketches for a mountain landscape loosely based on Mt Sinai. Should prove to be a much more bold brilliant and active.