Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ran's View

Ran's View, 6x8" oil on canvas, plein air, ©Diane Mannion

Plain View Challenge

The view across a canal in Englewood looking towards the woods was plain and not-so-simple.  Challenged myself to find one tree to focus on and isolate it from the background.
Here's the view.  Too much green!
And to make it even more difficult, I painted on top of an old portrait study... hope this man's ears weren't ringing!
My thumbnail sketch.
Here's how it looked after one hour.
Hmmm.... I like this stage better, but fiddled for another hour attempting to bring it to it's final glory.  Maybe I should let plein air paintings, like sleeping dogs... lie!

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