November 20, 2014
Branches in "Batik"
The ongoing battle, simplicity vs. detail, is being fought yet again in my studio this week. I wanted to capture a smaller, more intimate view of the light through the trees I've been painting this week and last. I started with the cyan-magenta-yellow palette that I've used for this series, but I didn't feel like my first stabs at this were adding to my understanding of the scene. Depth, check. Contrast, check. Warm, cool, yeah, got that. So what was it? I was thinking about the image and the batik-like lace branches that broke up the sky and the shadows. I'd been ignoring them as fussy details. And so they may be. But they do give the painting a lively dance that was missing before.