The moorsPosted: November 18, 2016
A few weeks ago I posted an oil study (below) that I’d done in class of a scene in West Yorkshire near Haworth. I’ve been working on a larger version of the scene for the past two classes, and thought it would be interesting to post the larger painting too.
The sketch is 7″ x 9″ but for the larger painting I chose a 12″ x 12″ wooden panel, and this time I expanded the scene to include some foreground. I’m not sure I’ve completely finished, but I took a phone shot of the painting before I left the class last night. Of course I can’t carry these paintings home because they’re still wet, but looking at the photo during the week is a good idea because it helps me find things I might want to work on during next week’s class.
Back in July, when I was looking at this scene and taking a photo for what would eventually be the reference for the painting, what I found really magical was the light on the distant hills. When I expanded the composition to include a larger foreground area, I chose to keep the lower part of the painting fairly soft so as not to compete with the upper part where I think all the interest is. We’ll see where this goes next week, but besides adding a few dabs here and there, I may leave it as is and move on to something else.