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Monday, 5 January 2009

A Risky Business



This is a rework of Summer Landscape, a picture I posted a while ago. I had some concerns with the first version:
  • the central tree on the previous version was dividing the picture in two

  • it lacked any obvious focal point

  • the prominent foreground shadow led the eye out of the picture on the left hand side



Duly, the tree has been felled and a walker, accompanied by his dog, now makes his way across the foreground hillside. Risky, I know, having a figure so close to the edge but I think the tree above the walker takes the viewers eye back into the picture. A gatepost now acts as a stopper on the left. It is not all positive though. In moving on some things are inevitably lost and I feel that some of the vibrancy and looseness of the original has gone.

Before I rush off to my easel I would like to thank Jennifer Young for the "Arte y Pico Award". Jennifer recently blogged about goal setting - perhaps one of my goals for 2009 should be to leave well alone?



5 Comments:

Blogger RenĂ© PleinAir. said...

Hey that must be you in your red jacket, at least it looks like it on you profile photo.

I like the painting but am wondering why you aren't outside to paint the winter landscapes?

7 January 2009 at 17:20  
Blogger RenĂ© PleinAir. said...

Happy new year btw. ;-)

7 January 2009 at 17:20  
Blogger Keith said...

Rene, I reckon it was just a bit of wishful thinking - and you are right I should be outside painting!

8 January 2009 at 16:25  
Blogger Marilyn M. King said...

Happy New Year I hope! Hi Keith. So we get back to painting, it will be a good year and we will grow as we keep at it. I'll be looking forward to following your journey again this year. Knock my socks off!

12 January 2009 at 04:01  
Blogger Keith said...

Thank you and Happy New Year to you too Marilyn.I'm looking forward to all the paintings it will bring - lets hope we are granted at least a few gems!

12 January 2009 at 12:04  

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