I really like where this is headed. Perhaps you could put some highlights around the edges of the tombstones? I don't know if that is a path in the foreground, but if it was lighter it might help draw the eye through the composition? Just a thought anyway...Also, hi! This blog is amazing. I really love the drawings you posted a while back too. Good luck with the painting.
Hey Danny, looking great!Suggestion: maybe the local value of an object is a touch lighter. Perhaps the path like Finn suggested, or the steps, or a patch of light grass. Something to focus on a little in the large middle value mass. But then again I could be nuts, since the sun is setting the heavy "back lighting" would silhouette that large middle mass. Hmmmm... I'm reminded of this Jacob Collins painting:http://smaller.in/mtcant wait to see the final!
Thanks for the input, guys.The sun isn't setting behind the trees in the back, it is further to the right and out of the composition. I felt like a direct sunset would have been too dramatic for such a quiet painting. Also, i feel that making the path lighter would once again be too direct a statement; I want the viewer to freely move around the space and a more direct path would push the viewer in one specific direction. However, there are a few light values on the graves that I could show more which would help move the eye around. I will also be using color to lead the viewer, which doesn't translate in the value study (green grass, violet/gray tombstones, brown dirt).Danny
After more deliberation I have decided to add patches of light hitting a few of the graves. In its current state, the piece doesn't explore the emotional range a graveyard represents, but some added light may do just that. In order to keep the painting from looking cheesy, the light will be coming in from the right (outside the picture) to avoid backlighting the graves, which usually looks too romantic. Thanks again for the feedback.Danny
oh, I mean "you're" - I swear, I'm an english major. Great work!
hi danny, i just want to say, i realy like your work.i am going to follow your blog. take care ben.
Wow Danny. I just came across your work while perusing Antti Rautiola's work. I'm blown away and will be adding a link to your blog today! Your compositions are incredibly dynamic, and the content in some of the still lives is bold and beautiful. Can't say as I've ever even considered painting an air conditioning unit : ) Yours is beautiful!
I'm so happy to have found your blog... The quality of work is inspiring! I've added a link to your blog. Looking forward to seeing more....
You are completely inspirational! I have only just started getting back into oil painting and your work makes me WANT to paint! I love the bathroom study the best.
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