January 6, 2017

Livingston Montana Streetscape

Livingston, Montana looks like a movie set -- and it has been used as one for at least one recent movie ("Certain Women") and probably a lot more in the past.  I couldn't paint when I was there this past summer, so I took a bunch of reference photos and brought them into the studio to play with.

I've been trying to vary my palette, using colors that are brighter and more vibrant than the standard palette I'd been working from (I added prussian blue, phtalo green and cadmium lemon, took away alizarin, among other changes).  The image of the painting here is a bit darker than the end result in real life, but I made the choice to make the shadows on the brick buildings in cadmium red medium and keep other shadows in purples, blues and greens rather than going darker and duller.  I think the result works -- I've been playing with this for a while and I'll get a fresh look at it next week to see if other changes are needed.

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