More rules and changing light


After about an hour, the shadows have surrendered to sunlight.  It’s a good thing I blocked them in first because they’ve nearly disappeared.  I sketch first before painting which helps me remember how the original scene looked.  After standing back and evaluating, I see I’ve gotten involved in painting/recording the rock formations.  There really should be an element that “frames in” the scene, so I decide to paint in some juniper trees on the left margin.  With diagonal lines, the viewer’s eye can travel right off the canvas.  An element like a tree can stop the eye and keep it within the scene.  Here’s a question for you; would you include that old snag juniper in the painting?  Is it too odd?  Would it represent part of the typical scenery in Sedona?  How might you handle it?  You can see at this point, I didn’t include it, but once home with the painting, I might find a way to place it on the right for the framing effect…maybe. Oh, and once back in the studio, I’ll probably pull those junipers on the left up higher intuding into the sky a bit.  This is referred to a “marrying the planes”.  It unifies parallel lines so that they are not so distracting.  © Dawn Sutherland  2017