Plein Air Ribbon Creek

This is an image I sketched on our hike last weekend at Ribbon Creek.  I added the colour a couple of days later.  What I found most interesting in this process was creating the value pattern of the scene when I did the sketch.  That made the adding of colour much easier.  The value pattern in this painting is quite different than the value pattern of the actual scene.  I took a photo of the scene and the values are distributed much more evenly across all elements of the image.  I consciously tried to create a value pattern in my sketch that emphasized my centre of interest.  I know that that is the job of an artist, to take the elements of the actual scene and to arrange them into a good painting. I know that but I’m starting to not only understand it but also to use it.

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