| 08 December, 2013 10:33
This is a picture after one painting session I spent changing "The San Gimignano Sweep" to correct the composition, to keep the eye trapped inside the picture plane. It started with the sanding out of the elements and then the painting in of the right value. It is so important to know what to edit in a landscape, and what to add or subtract to make it work.
I spent the whole day yesterday at the National Gallery of Art, at the West Wing. I was looking for answers. What is it that makes those Constable landscapes so compelling? What does Corot do to his landscapes to keep my eye trapped inside the picture? How does Courbet get such a dramatic effect in his landscapes? And after looking intensely at these masters I felt very inspired indeed.
Being under the influence, I pulled out my Bamboo digital pad and hooked it up to my Adobe Photoshop program and proceeded to "FIX" the things that bothered me in the "San Gimignano Sweep".
This is what I came up with and this is now what I have to change in the 3 X 4 foot painting. I feel thoroughly motivated to work on it now. I know what to do next.