November 1, 2016
Painting in Montana
All these paintings were started with a value sketch and then quickly painted with color after that. After an accidental splash of turpenoid over the paintings, they got a bit of repainting on top of that.
I'd had a bit of "painter's block" for a while now, and it was nice to just push through it and paint!
The painting of the still life with the "wallpaper" pattern behind it was done first with a burnt umber band at the top of the painting. It was too big, too dull and made a lousy composition. After thinking about ways to solve the problem, I considered what a painter like Eduard Vuillard would do -- and added the pattern (based on a scarf) to bring the painting together.