Perspective and Temperature

“The Duchess’ Picnic Spot”

oil on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″
Today, I was pressed for time. So I chose this subject. I had to spend a few minutes sketching it in my sketchbook . . .there were some interesting perspective wrinkles with the way the surface of the vineyards had slight undulations and the rows of vines flowed in differing directions to make such and interesting and captivating pattern. I realized, as I sketched, that it wasn’t just rows of vines I was seeing. I was seeing shadows gradually disappear as I read from left to right . . . .Oh! I was amazed that I hadn’t observed that little subtlety before this! They disappear because, eventually as one progresses from left to right, one is looking at the side of the vines that blocks the line of sight to their cast shadows.
And speaking of perspective, temperature played a big role in this piece. As each ‘patch’ was painted toward the background, the colors needed to become cooler. I was also trying hard to make the vines appear as though Autumn was near, thus turning the greens toward ochres, yellows, reds etc. But pushing back into the deeper perspective, the colors had to run cool . A nice exercise in color work. . . . . .now that I see this published, there is a small needed fix that I must tend to right now, before it dries. But that doesn’t matter here . . .it is the area near the tip of the cypress trees . . .a small whitish line that needs to dissappear. Strange that I didn’t see it before.

18 thoughts on “Perspective and Temperature”

  1. This one looks really good. I like the hint of fall color in the foreground. It plays off all that green very nicely. There is a a painter that just posted hot red tomatoes against a hot red background. I’ll get you his name. I’ll be right back, Mike….don’t go away.

  2. Mike, I really like the way the lines lead your eye back in the painting. The way the yellow drops out of the green. Good one.
    We must have been thinking along similar “lines” so to speak. I just did one with a similar use of lines in the landscape here.

  3. Yes Frank, those lines are wonderful in real life. The different directions create a patchwork texture that is very enticing to look at. Maybe this will be the foundation of something large in the near future. Couldn’t (wouldn’t) attempt that on a small format.

  4. Thanks, Indiaartist! I visited your blog and found some very nice work there. You have lots of talent and should paint much much more!! The world needs you to paint!

  5. Mike,
    I believe this is one of your finest landscapes in oil. Strong contrasts in the front and the cooler colors in the distance. Masterful, Mr. Bailey! This would be wonderful large.

  6. And you, Ms. Silvina!! Where have you been? !! ? I have been wondering about you . . .

    So much so that I was considering sending you a rousing email.

    As for your delighting comments, let’s save “masterful” for the very last painting, shall we? hmmm? Other than thaaaaaaat, I’ll take your words to heart. How could I not? 😉

  7. This is so nice, really lovely. Wonderful composition. I know what you mean about seeing things in your photos. I’ve taking to shooting my paintings and looking at them on my computer to see if I’m done. Things stand out, it’s almost like you’re looking at someone else’s painting. I really enjoy your blog, you’re very sharing. Barb

  8. Yes, Liza, it is indeed in your neighborhood. Quite near Eymet, actually. If I could remember the winery’s name I would mention it, but I have forgotten. I should dig it up. Glad you like it! What a gorgeous place that region is!

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