I’ve been back a while but haven’t been able to post because I went right from Maui to another plein air event right here in Florida, in Wekiva Springs, but more about that later. This painting came from an extensive drive around, I saw it one day and went back the next to paint it. However, when I showed up the next day there were three other artists painting their versions of the same thing. I had to decide, should I go on ahead with the original plan or move on because the others had staked their claim. When I go to a new place to paint, I often times want to address that aspect of the geography that makes it different from my own. We really just don’t have this kind of thing around here so I stayed the course and painted the thing that excited me to begin with. This piece is not so much about composition/design as it is about the romantic nature of the place. It’s a 16×20 and I blocked it all in the first day but struggled with the cloud shapes, I went back the next day to resolve the the details and rework the clouds but there weren’t any. I wasn’t sure what to do until the designer in me said “we can still figure it out”.
The good thing about doing a full block in before the detail information is in place is that there is enough stuff down already that if there were no scene to paint, the final touches can still be added in, using the existing info as a guide. Like the last painting I posted, I just went about trying to make a good painting without having all the pieces parts (clouds for example) there to refer to. I always go on faith that I can figure something out even when I don’t think I can. I focus first on the things I know I can change and then the painting shows me what needs to be changed next, I move on to the next area I see that needs tending and so forth. One part intuition, one part logic, two parts gin and then stir.