Saturday, August 29, 2009

Country Road--American Landscape Oil Painting

My challenge in this 8x10 inch oil painting was getting the perspective on the buildings accurate. With a very simple subject, my focus was accuracy. Usually I start working on the distant subjects first and progress forward. This time I began with the buildings, concentrated on getting the perspective and color right, and then filled in around the buildings with the trees, sky, road, etc. The claim by many successful landscape painters that one should paint the focal point first seems to have worked in this instance. My question is, was it a happy accident that the buildings emerged correctly or was it because I painted them first? A few more paintings with the focal point first approach might give me an answer. In an effort to resolve the question for myself, I'll be thumbing through my refernce photos and paint a few more of these simple architectual paintings.
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Gradual Dazzle said...


Nancy Merkle said...

Thanks so much--glad you like it!

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Nancy Merkle said...

Thanks Sara--I'm glad you are enjoying it and will keep up your visits!