Pastel on self-sanded Arches, 16x20 (Revision, 2015 12 14)When I first saw this house on a gravel road not far from Harlan, Iowa, I knew I had to paint it. The house is such a brilliant yellow and sits alone on the corner of country roads. The November fields were already bare, but the golden and rust of the harvest still remained. In the mid-morning sun, the long shadows of late fall paint a pattern on the lawn and across the road.
After looking at the 16x20 version for a few days, I decided to crop the painting to 8x20. This version includes all the important information ans adds the feeling of width and space that I wanted. The part of the painting I worked the longest and hardest on is the foreground which I could never feel was right. It seemed to dominate rather than support the image of the house.
Pastel on self-sanded Arches, 16x20 (Original Version)This is the original version - more true to the photograph but "missing something."
Redoing the design with a black and white print and a scissors - removing the bridge and the back ground to do some radical changes to the background.
I dropped the horizon and roughed in the plan for the broad fields and low hill in the background - will work out details of the road and perspective later.