Thursday, October 29, 2015
Steering at the Mountain
Tuesday afternoon I went to Sloan Road to paint the view down the hill and the distant Hopper. I tried something different by not including the mountain edges or the sky. Something else that was different also happened: the traffic on the road increased significantly for a minute as two farmers led a group of steers up the road. For a moment I was surrounded. You can see the edge of my panel at the lower right of the photo. Getting back to the painting, a 9x12 oil on panel, I sometimes see mountains as clouds, and at other times, clouds as mountains. In this case, the diagonal shadow of the Hopper valley at the upper left of the painting is clearly visible, and not acting like a cloud.