Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Backlit Bridge 2

I had issues with yesterdays painting. I made the mistake of having 2 things that interested me. One was an interesting backlighting of the island ( i know, what island?) and the moody lighting of the bridge. 3/4's way through I messed up the island and mixed warm and cool colors on the canvas. This perturbed me but I kept going.

After a nights rest I couldn't forget this error and realized the problem. Upon further investigation I saw that my distant island looks like a close up weed grouping competing with the bridge. Well the trusty knife came out and scraped the unbelievable island into oblivion.(also known as a paper towel). The bridge, while not being an accurate linear rendering, I felt stuck with my original color and light attempt and sufficed as a focal point. Again I'm going for light and nothing else. I hate reworking but this needed something.

I'm beating a dead horse and won't attempt another bridge painting for at least...... a day.


Loriann Signori said...

There are so many good things about this painting Brian.
1. Your controlled analogous palette with a stroke or two of complement is perfect!
2. The contrast of thick and thin paint- the thick brush strokes on the bridge really stand out by the subdued sky and island.
3.And the shimmery water is elegant.

A success. On to another...tomorrow???

Jala Pfaff said...

Wow, Brian, I think you were absolutely right and this is much stronger as a result.

I'm so glad you got the grapefruit painting and like it in person! I never got any email saying you'd received it, so I had started to wonder if it made it.

brian eppley said...

Thank you Loriann, I feel better about it now. I'll be doing a night scene tonight. It's raining and the city is pretty cool at night in the rain.

Thanks Jala. I tried to email you through the contact button on your website. Looked like some very nice landscapes on there to me!

Jala Pfaff said...

Good to know, I'll have to check the email button on my website.

I've just tagged you, by the way.

Laurel Daniel said...

I really love your thick, bold marks! These bridge paintings have so much mood in them.

brian eppley said...

Thanks Laurel. I just checked your blogs. Wonderful stuff! I'll delve in deeper soon enough.Congrats on your accomplishments. Well deserved.