Putting It Into Practice

“Cottonwood Homestead”
oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″
Putting all that study time into practice helps. But, if you are like me, your brain goes flacid the moment a brush is in your hand.
I dunno what it is, but this guy’s left brain ceases to communicate with the right brain once the painting act begins.
There are so many decisions to consider when the painting begins . . . .light over dark . . .no greens . . . .warm dominance . . . . .what will I do with that corner over there? . . . .and what about that building that is perfectly behind one tree so that its roof peak coincides with the tree trunk . . .gotta move it . . .and more and more and more.
This piece was to be a practice piece. I have more to go, obviously, but I really did learn something about layering progressively warmer and lighter schlobs over the thin darks this time. I had a blast with it. Enjoy!

4 thoughts on “Putting It Into Practice”

  1. Mike, This is a great series on tree shapes and more generally on how to go about studying a subject. As always it’s impressive to watch you dig into a subject.

    Personally, I really enjoy seeing sketches and studies, and your commentary makes it all the more instructive and enjoyable.

    You seem to be saying that you’re disappointed in this last sketch but I think it’s beautifully done.

  2. Thanks, Bill! You are right about the disappointment. It’s not that I hate the painting, it is just that I have a look in mind and I need the practice to get there. This was a first attempt. I have a painting in mind, but I need to work on this a lot more before I can deliver the vision. . . . . That is unless I get siedtracked with something else! Glad you stopped in!

  3. You are a master wordsmith as well as a painter. “Schlobs”? A week hanging out with me and now you are making up your own Yiddish words! Regarding the painting, the color scheme is interesting and the buildings give the painting a wonderful sense of scale. I think I see a triangle in there, too.

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