Pastel on sanded gator board, 24x20
Asking for help!
This painting has been on my easel for more than two weeks, and it's taking on a life of its own - haunting me, really. I'm putting in the accents, details, but I've hit a block. I wanted to focus on the duck box, lower rights, but it seems to add too much detail for the looseness of the rest of the piece. My first inclination is to take it out, but then, I like the focus. Help!
Notes added in response to Facebook comments. I can't tell you what a delight it has been for me to hear from all of you!
- Value issues, especially with the path. I will fix that. I need to both deepen the value and vary it from near to far. Temperature may also be a problem.
- Original sketch and reference photos were done on a cloudy day (see previous post from Arboretum). I went back a few days later, and the trees had more color, but it clouded over again. With no direct light source, it creates problems.
- Trees trunks on the right have been defined - the ones on the left are still just undercoat. I'm debating about how to add more variations in light and shadow on the trunks.
- I need to deepen the value under and behind the duck box. Duck box is too cool for surroundings.
- Pond expanse - my original idea was to use 4 relatively equal horizontal expanses, pond, near bank, far bank, and background trees broken and tied together by the trees. I knew it would be difficult, but I took it as a personal challenge. But that doesn't not seem to work too well. The pond is covered in lily pads which I have not added. I plan to expand the shoreline forward, break the pond into 2-3 areas of lilies and open water. I hope that makes the areas less similar and boring.
- Fork in the path - I see the problem, but I want to keep the fork. Too many people visit this site and would recognize it. I can, however, lessen the drawing power by changing the color and value near to far.