The painting was completed in one session, about 3 hours. Having some advance knowledge about potential problems, as well as enhanced ideas about which elements in the scene I wanted to explore more fully, were a result of doing the preliminary pencil and color studies. The shapes in a subject are almost always what generate my interest in painting the subject. These shapes are always modified, rearranged, or somehow tweaked to be more visually interesting. Beginning with pencil, Notan, or color studies formulates ideas about the subject's potential as a painting. I always do them.
Here's the painting.
16 x 12."
My ideas about the composition were:
- Using a vertical format to balance the low horizontal bldg while giving support to the red barn's height.
- Linking the righthand sunlight shapes to the foreground vegetation (literally planting the building).
- Using the shade pattern on the right to move you up through the roof, and then down the barn's roof line, and back into sunlight.
- I used the Golden Section to set up the structures and their connecting shapes. The main compositional intersection is on the low building--where the sunlight and shadow pattern meet, near the bottom of the roof.