This was a quick plein aire before a wedding ceremony at Crater Lake. Great space, again, too little time to enjoy all there was to see. But definitely happy to get what I did.
There’s some tension between the tree and the waterline. With landscape painting it’s your responsibility to make “adjustments” so that the end result shows what the hell you’re doing. Sure, it’s a little bit of editing and curating. But in the end it’ll make for a nice piece and your artist friends won’t give you hell for it.
Otherwise I’m mostly happy with how this turned out. Mostly.
Yeah, okay, I pushed those purple shadows into the ridiculous zone.
One thing to keep in mind is, if you aren’t convinced of the lie then nobody else will be either. Because, that’s all it really is. We’re telling a story of what we saw out there in the field. The object being, tell the tallest tale that just might be true. If you can get away with that then you’re golden.
Backyards are underestimated in their ability to offer something to paint. Year-round there’s opportunities that blossom and die back that show us their beauty as long as we’re looking. This is right outside my new studio window. It taunted me throughout early spring until I couldn’t take it anymore.
This is a rare bird. I’m actually happy with the lighting in this one. Lucky me.
So few opportunities to paint in the dry climates of the Northwest. If you ever get a chance, do it. The light and flora is so different you’ll find so much to learn. Wished I’d had another crack at it but something tells me we’ll be back around Bend, Oregon soon enough.
Shane White is a published author and artist who resides in the Northwest. He is also a freelance concept designer, filmmaker, editor and storyboard artist for the entertainment industry. Find out more here: www.studiowhite.com
All shanewhite.com web pages are © 2016 Shane White.