Kishwaukee August

December 9, 2010

Kishwaukee August, Oil on Canvas 24" x 36"

I decided that I wanted to have a larger work on exhibition in my display at The Next Picture Show. Further, I endeavored to use one of my plein air paintings and convert to a larger size.

I used a work from this past August. Everything was still very green then. Too much so. The earth colors of the autumn had not yet arrived at this riverside scene.  Although the original work (16″ x 20″) captured the day and the feeling (I can still remember dealing with the mosquitoes), I felt that the scene needed a little less green.

It was fun to deal with all the conversions. The larger size and the ratios for starters. While the original field work was 16″ x 20″ (a 4 to 5 ratio), this new piece is 24″ x 36″ (a 2 to 3 ratio). Working from the original sketch, rather than any photos, really brought back the memories of being alongside the river this past August.  To help with the “green” issue, I put another, more acceptable,  field study in my line of sight to help give me a perspective on alternate play with color.

Unfortunately, family duties interrupted my painting flow, and the work took a couple days to complete. Not a problem. The painting was completed, and dried in time to display at The Next Picture Show display. Larger works to follow.

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