Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Spring Marsh Luminous Tonalist Painting

About this painting: The spring has arrived on the marsh but the air still has a chill to it, the colors are subtle and the light is pale.
Size: 16x20
Medium: acrylic on linen

$600 + $30 sh/h/ins

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Here it is, as promised! The in-progress photos are here, and here so you can take a look back at where this painting has been.

If you've been following me on Twitter (@janblencowe_art) you know that I've been debating about adding a third tree in the left foreground. Today, I finally decided that I had to risk the whole painting for the sake of a better composition.

What do you think, did the third tree make it better?

I really slowed down with this piece and built up many layers and took my time evaluating each layer, trying to create very subtle, and sophisticated color shifts and beautiful layers of paint.

After years of alla prima painting indirect painting is turning out to be a really interesting and exciting.


Kristin Summerlin said...

I like it much better with the third tree. More of a feeling of looking out from a shaded spot into gorgeous light. Also divides the canvas nicely into (approximate) threes. Lovely lovely.

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Hi Jan,
Love the painting, the soft impressionistic quality its truly amazing. Great work.

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Hi Jan,
Yes I do like the added tree. I watched Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop. The Impressionist of the past would definitely approve.

tlwest said...

Yes I agree it looks finished now and balanced!

Jan Blencowe said...

Hi Kristin,

Thanks for the kind words, and the confirmation that the third tree was a good idea!


Jan Blencowe said...

Hi Joan,

Lots of old ragged brushes helop create that effect.

Thanks for commenting!

Jan Blencowe said...

Hey Joan,

I saw that PBS series w/ David Dunlop too!

Wasn't that an interesting look at the places where the impressionists painted?


Jan Blencowe said...

Hi Terri,

It was the lack of balance that was bothering me, too.

I think it looks better now also.