Painting Oil and Watercolor Habitats and Wild Lands
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I painted these two loons because loons have been on my radar. Haven't yet seen them this Spring. I do data entry for a Loon Survey and when I read the data this image pop into my head-here is the oil. The pair is obscure, elusive, together and drifting. They are grounded in the icy water, which I see as the ice recedes on Vermont ponds.
Cow Canyon Trading Post, in Bluff Utah, handles my oil paintings and of course, I have to put it in paint. I work with mountain ranges and so this image with lots of objects instead of space challenges me to keep them in scale to each other. In the mountain ranges its more important to show what mountain is in front so they are not linear, but have form. Composition is what tells your story and therefore frustrates painters when it doesn't represent what they saw. Re-scale your objects or mountains. Get it right!