January 25, 2019

Afternoon on a hill in Boston

I'm struggling to work out the strong light effect vs the very large facade of the house that's in shade. Details in the shade shouldn't attract much attention, much less be included at all.  Yet, I find the large side of the house didn't play as a strong, solid mass when I left all of the details out.  It just looked unfinished, as the remaining painting did have a sense of smaller shapes representing details.

I am taking a week off soon and I'll be letting this sit in this state for now.  When I come back, maybe it will be clear to me how to resolve this.

January 16, 2019

City Scene and color

I painted a NY City scene earlier this year and I've been thinking a lot about how that painting didn't expand the sense of color.  I've been playing with a larger and more colorful iteration of the scene and I'm either done or close to it.

here's the new version, 18" x 24"

this is the smaller, earlier painting of a similar scene