March 4, 2011Still working on the design and lighting effects for the Last Light painting. After work last night, I walked up Old Stage Road, looking specifically at the foreground in shadow. Much lighter than it appears in photos and the transition to the sliver of light coming up the ridge is not as harsh, or dramatic, as I thought (it rarely ever is).
Got up this morning and tried a softer approach. Has some potential. Also lightened up the big ridge as it descends into background behind Sugarloaf. Perhaps killed the late light on Sugarloaf. Also redesigned the foreground road, which hopefully will give it a stronger X design:
But the shapes are starting to make sense, especially the dynamics of the background buttes. Still struggling to get all of these elements to work at once, or, in one painting. It's kind of like juggling with each segment of the painting, blending in, or contrasting with the other parts, especially those next to each other.
Need to keep in mind Edwin's profound words:
"An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail."