As I travel around the country I take a lot of photos. not quite knowing which ones will stimulate me later. This is a New England scene that intrigued me .
Beautiful reflections in the water, red barns with broken angles, fall color in the leaves around the setting.
Problem was, with so much going on what should the impact of the painting be. So I worked out some small sketches, moved some things around, developed some strong diagonals with reflections and darks... pushed the buildings up to where they were higher in the painting and then went to work.
Nature is so busy that you should leave most of it out and treat it with shape, value and hue. This painting is somewhat recognizable to the photo but the photo was only a reference.
Stay loose and save the "Hot Licks" for the finish.
What do you think?
Talk to you tomorrow,