One rock in a photo does not give you the size. Only when it is among other rocks can you tell the size, bigger or smaller (scale). By putting one small rock in the foreground, the rocks are shown to be larger. Using smaller rocks in the background gives perspective. Nothing is added to the painting to tell you how big the rocks really are. That is for the viewer to decide. Are the rocks in the background small or large. Only when the painting is finished, if there is something to give the viewer something familiar can they decide the size of the rocks.
Gallery 113 entry for July 2015 is Icy. This was an interesting challenge to get the look of cracked ice. It was hard to know when to stop working on this piece. I thought if I continued to add dark colors I would lose the cold feeling of the piece. A touch of warmth was added to contrast with the icy blue to add intrigue, drawing the viewer past the cold structures.
The Los Padres Watercolor Society Fall Show is being held at the Cabrillo Pavilion Art Center. The paintings I entered you may have seen already. Feather Catch and Canyon Wall. The show dates are October 3, 2014 to October 24, 2014.
1118 East Cabrillo Boulevard
Reception Wednesday, October 8, 5-7 PM