Friday, March 1, 2013


This painting, done behind the guest house, was painted as the demo for a lesson given to two students.
One of them wanted a lesson on foliage.  I looked at the path and the first tree I saw was the one leaning into the painting.  Trouble was, it was on the left side of the path and was pointing out of the composition.  So I simply moved it to the right side of the picture where it would be leaning into the focal area. 

I see this as one of the best advantages of painting on location.  You can look around and find elements of interest and then move them to where they are needed.  The rights of the picture come first.  In the planning stage, always be aware of elements that can contribute to the compositional aspects of the painting.

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