More about goals in Plein Air
10 x 12
I set two goals for this painting when I started: highlighting the abstract quality of the landscape and keeping the shapes large and simple. The foreground tree needed more detail so that it would appear nearer the viewer, but I tried to keep detail, especially dark accents, out of the middle and far plane.
This painting almost had a little figure at a French easel down where the light streaked across the snow-Bobbi had set up and was painting facing me- but, when I tried it, the whole focus of the painting shifted from my original goal, and it became a painting about a person. Goals keep me in line!