|Mt Tabor (With less contrast in photo)|
December 26th, 2011:
After the original posting on Christmas, I decided to continue to work on the painting to see if I could resolve some of the issues I had with the background trees. When I photographed the painting, I noticed that the trees looked like strands of hair, tubular and translucent. I tried to give them more definition at least in shape and texture. I made some enhancements to the foreground tree to create a little more depth. The lower path was oversimplified and didn't seem to match the foliage around it. I tried to give it a little better shape and texture. For a piece that was supposed to be a study, I was pretty happy with the development. The bottom photo was not enhanced as much as the first, so it is difficult to get an overall evaluation of the changes. This painting was done from a photo I took at Mount Tabor Park in Portland sometime in early fall. Now I am inspired to move forward with more of this representational painting. Since I have noticed that most of my paintings have been landscapes lately, I am excited to see what I can now do with People as subjects.
"Beauty is the sign of another and higher order" Plato