I thought I'd throw up a post before I go on holiday for a number of weeks.
I painted one of these a good while ago and since I've been enjoying painting Plein air and landscapes I thought I'd revist some old favorite locations. I love painting the complexity of a forest in a simpler Alla prima type style.
Light through rocks and trees (Castle Rock SP)
12X16The older painting (two years ago approx.)
It's a great park, nice woodland with these fantastic boulders, and rocks.
Through the woods (Castle Rock SP)
14X18On location, probably a very similar spot to the 1st.
Flowing through the wood
18X36Did some quick sketches for this in the field, but painted later in the studio. The original seems to hold a little more depth and resonance that the photograph suggests, I wonder why? I really pushed the colors around in this rendering responding to the warmth in the rocks in a dramatic way. I consciously kept some areas very contemporary in approach. I like the Fauvism feel to this painting with the palette choices; it feels like a bridge between my Still Life paintings and some of my landscapes....Something to explore perhaps?