Kick It Up A Notch!

“Carmel Cypress”
oil on canvas panel, 12″ x 16″
There are times when one must rise to the challenge to see if one can take on another level of higher complexity. Today, I kicked it up a notch.

As I have said in the last few posts, I have become way more conscious of edges. There IS logic to them. I wasn’t sure that there was a few months back, but can see now that it is crucial to have variation in edges where transitions of value occur. Vegetation and trees have all sorts of edges. Notice in this piece how values change back and forth, light holes, tree trunks, background changes etc. Where one value meets another, there might be reasons for hard, medium or soft edges. Sometimes it is logical, sometimes is has to be a feeling . . .for example, in places where the eye will pass quickly, detail or sharp texture doesn’t work. Soft, blurred suggestions of edge or shapes coax the eye to look beyond and seek sharp contrasts or more detail.

This painting was no little effort. So much value change, texture, light, shadow, half light and more kept me on my toes for a full six hours. This one was a balancing act at a higher level. More complexity offers more opportunity to fail . . . but also to succeed!! With every painting, these last few weeks, I feel advancement. There is plenty much more to learn and tackle over the next 30 years or so . . . .but for now, I am reaching as far and as fast as I can. Tooooo much funnn!!!!

6 thoughts on “Kick It Up A Notch!”

  1. Good job Mike! Yes, edges are important, and I’m not sure I pay enough attention to them in terms of manipulating how my paintings are viewed. I just posted two workingman pieces on my blog. One has a lot of steam making for elements going in and out of view. Would like to get your take on this one if you have the time. You’re just having too much fun in challenging yourself and learning!

  2. Hi Mike, Thanks for answering my question and all the helpful tips you gave me, also for all your kind comments on my meagre efforts (I’m a learner)You have a very generous spirit… Thankyou
    I absolutely love your painting of the 2 children and the dino-ostrich, the hands are brilliant not to mention the faces.

  3. Diana, you have nothing to be ashamed of in your work. Keep on exploiting all that talent of yours!

    As for the painting of the 2 children, I am very proud of it, too. I just wish I had painted it!! In fact, I would like to know who really did paint it. 🙂

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