Banishing the Photo Reference - Mostly
|Creek in Winter|
16 x 12
What pleases me most about this painting is the bold colour usage. Plein air work often has that characteristic because of the speed that you have to work in order to capture the scene before the light changes, but it's often lost in the studio, especially when a painter has the luxury of studying a photo for hours at a time. A painting can easily get overworked and lose the fresh colour of the sketch. By forcing myself to work mainly from the sketch it was possible to avoid that trap.
I'm tempted to try this on a large scale and see if I can keep it simple. I'll pull out the huge brushes and pretend it's a plein air day.