Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Foothills Stream

Foothills Stream

18" x 24"
Oil on hardwood Panel
[click on the image to enlarge]

This started as mostly a design project, so it involved value choices.

It also has some of the warmest shadows that I have painted. It has a lot of green throughout but it is broken into many variations and values

Additionally I wanted to put some wildlife into the scene but I didn't want the focus to become the wildlife. 

Most landscapes don't have any for that reason - the conflict in the focus and eye movement about the painting.

So by design I put two deer into the shadows. They are there however they don't jump out at you, sort of like deer do in their natural state.

Again an attempt at unity

Check back in three months and we will see if I have reworked parts of this painting


  1. I like this one a lot - really beautiful! It took me an embarrassingly long time to find the deer. I appreciate the way your description breaks down the choices you've made.