Saturday, November 24, 2007

Fall Planting

5” x 7” (12.7cm x 17.8cm) acrylic on gessoed board
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The two most common fall plantings are alfalfa for an early hay crop in summer and winter wheat, which survives the winter as young seedlings, and mature in early summer the following year. In this painting the young plants in late October are a vivid green and create a unique pattern against the late afternoon sky.

This painting required a bit tighter detail than many of my paintings because of the subject. I'm including a close up detail of part of the painting (on my blog) to show a surprise element of the roof of a house just over the hill barely noticeable in the overall view. I didn't see it until I started to paint. There is another building in the background peeking out behind the trees, which may take some searching to find as well.

From an artist's perspective, the color scheme here is a triple complement. The sky has a blue/orange tone created by the setting sun, while the earth and trees create a red/green and yellow/violet shift in color. The dark shadows in the foreground are viridian green with flecks of red and brown from the still exposed soil. These elements of color as well as the crisscross textures in the foliage are what attracted me to do this painting.

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