Thursday, September 29, 2011

Butterfly Beach Cypress, Montecito

"Butterfly Beach Cypress"
16 x 20 inches
oil on canvas

Despite the overcast it was very pleasant at Butterfly Beach while I was painting this. This really an excercise of perspective drawing and managing values. By value I am referring to the lightness and darkness of the objects. Each of those areas that go off into the distance: road, path, railing and beach are all very similar in color and in value. The other challenge was to make that tree be as close and tangible as possible yet still have it fit within the canvas edges for the most part. In the tree you can see I have outlined a few things. While that does not exist in nature I think its cool to add it when painting nature.

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