As we toured Galway we saw one beautiful scene after another! Many shades of green, hills and water configured to take your breath away, such as the view below.
To give a better sense of depth several changes were introduced in the distant set of four hill. The shape and coloring of the first and third hills was modified. The shapes were corrected to show a more distinct overlap where they meet. The colors of both were changed to help then recede, introducing a grey red undertone along with a blue glaze.
The far shore line of the lake was corrected to be straight across.
The last pine tree along the path was given a warm highlight to provide separation from the hill on the far side of the lake.
Warm halftones of dull red and orange were introduced into the shrubbery to give warmth and to provide shape to the forms. Similar warm elements were introduced into the upper foliage of the large tree.
A blue glaze was introduced into the shadows to reflect the color of the sky. This compliments the warmth of the sun reflected in the sunlit areas.
Looking at the three stages of the painting presented above, I feel good about the continued improvement and I feel that I have learned a great deal about dealing with greens and achieving harmony with the lights and shadows. However, I am not ready to say it is finished. It is going back on the mantle to let it sit a while longer and see if further inspiration occurs!
Well after looking at it for several weeks, my wife pointed out that the figures were too sharp and clear for being a way down the path! As always, my wife, Sharon,
was right, and I took immediate action. The results are posted below.
If you compare the previous two painting, you will see that the figures now fit better with their surroundings.
I find it fascinating how it takes a while to actually see your painting with a fresh eye, and almost puzzling why I did not see some of these items earlier on? Sometimes I seem to need a fresh eye in someone else's head! I want to thank my teacher, Scott Nickerson, for his suggestions and in instruction that have helped to train my eye and understand what to do about it. I also must thank my wife for continual insight!!!
I now think the painting is DONE at last!