Coat of many colours.
Out West Oils on board 16 x 8 inches
Winter fields, snow bound with a wide sky full of sunset. The perfect excuse to paint.
I love a little drama and this painting gives a sense of that. It is a scene I often return to. I love the broad brush sweeps and pats of colour placed with confidence. 'Lay it down and leave it' is a sensible suggestion for a painter...although it is not always easy to do.
Temptation is often hovering nearby whispering
' just a little adjustment...go on, you can do it '
From bitter experience I can confirm that 'a little adjustment' can sometimes be a disaster.
However, the word 'can' is important as some adjustments are beneficial. The trick lies in knowing when. Standing back and looking at a painting helps to see where changes or corrections might make the difference. Looking back through a mirror, placing the work upside down or a taking thumbnail photograph can help to spot this.
There is a useful book by Greg Albert ' The Simple Secret to Better Painting'.
Greg says there is one simple rule to follow... 'Never make any two intervals the same'.
This can cover every element in a painting...composition, shape, colour, and tonal value.
Going back to putting down a juicy, broad brush stroke and leaving it....
One stroke can tell so much and the work of my favourite landscape painter
the late Edward Seago ( 1910 - 1974 ) is an excellent example.
Interested readers can find his paintings on www.portlandgallery.com/artist/Edward_Seago