Friday, December 28, 2007
Rain in Oxford
This view is from my front porch ....Quite a number of pines, small birches, ornament grasses now copper-toned. We were scheduled to add some plantings in the central area until the drought hit, and those plans are on hold until the normal rains return. I wanted to practice painting rain again and since it was so cold, snapped a photo from the porch, and sketched by the fire! LOL
I've been intrigued lately to learn more about composition, especially in landscapes, simplifying all the many details, and rendering simple views into works of art. I'm missing a real center of interest here, I think, though the pine and birch on the left suggest a POI ... still, I look at this and ask how it can be improved, how to dramatize the rain (or not?), change the lighting (as Tom Lynch does) with even more darks even though the scene above was what I was seeing .... these are questions I plan to explore the remainder of this year and add to my art goals for 2008 ...