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07-11-2015, 06:58 PM



Title: Mary Mission
Year Created:
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 11x14, 18x24
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

This is my first real landscape in oil/brush. The 18x24 was the first piece, then I followed up w/ the 11x14 in oil/brush, and then attempted a thick acrylic/knife. This was based on a photo of the Mary Mission chapel way out in the middle of west Tx near Balmorhea, photo by Stewart Billingsly. I wanted to capture the mo<br>ing sky by dramatizing the light and thin clouds coming up from behind. Also wanted to add more color to the semi-desert landscape that Stewart photo'd using a filter, I believe. I also distorted the perspective a bit to make the sky appear large by moving the point of reference closer to the ground line. The knife piece was frustrating because Liquitex dries so fast.

1. Where could I possibly add more drama and pure color?
2. What could I do to improve my details while still keeping an impressionist approach?
Personally, I like the 18x24 composition that pushes the chapel down close to the bottom and lets the sky create the drama of God out in the middle of nowhere!!

07-12-2015, 08:25 AM
I wouldn't try for more detail, but the sky is competing with the blue of the mountains. You can punch up the values in the church because it won't be that white, you can punch up the reds of the sky. I really like the improved sky shapes. Love the ground. You can push that red around with reflected light from the sunrise on one side and the blue sky on the other. Keep it loose and impressionistic.

07-12-2015, 08:29 AM
or you can go this way, with the sky stronger and the mountains subdued

07-12-2015, 11:30 AM
hmm .. I don't see any real differentiations between light and shadow in this piece.

07-18-2015, 12:17 PM
My approach would have been to have the glow of the facade subtly extend into the sky, so that the sky was not as dominating.

07-24-2015, 09:52 PM
Alright, the first image was actually the best and quite beautiful result and I will explain why I think so. As you add heavy paint with a knife into the sky you are detracting from the real focus: the church!
The focal point disappeared. And so did the interesting and rich color of the ground. Additionally, you ended up with muddy colors in the sky which is not appropriate in impressionism.

As far as impressionism goes, you actually need a lot LESS detail. The details on the chapel are too delineated. Don't spell it out just create the impression of the details.