This painting is as much about a muscular impression as feeling the forces of nature weighting down a fluid rock. I feel the breeze and hear the birds. The dryness of the air dries the brush. More paint on the brush slows the drying.Working from this photo would likely result in a more photographic image.
|"Near Painted Hills, Oregon" acrylic on canvas, 18" square|
Working on location is rewarding, I really avoid using photographs and studio copying of photos. On location requires immediate selection of your window which could be more panoramic than the limits of the usual lens. Copying is not important - the landscape before me is just a springboard to a precious experience.