Wednesday, September 23, 2009

4 Values 4 Views

Since I started this blog in February I haven't skipped posting for more than a few days. This time it has been 8 days, and I have so missed it! In the interim I have had some days of worry (and opthamalogist visits) about my right eye. That got in the way of my concentration for sure. But all is well, my eye will be OK. And I will appreciate being able to "paint what I see", all the more. And the retina specialist turned out to be a painter; how about that?

Sunday, my friend Suzanne and I went out to scout out some favorite painting places before getting down to work. We stopped to photograph a couple of pines near the road in Porter's Landing (a part of Freeport) and got pretty excited about one of them; great shape, good sky holes, and shadows from the other side of the road reaching over towards it. We took lots of shots, varying the direction and elevation (thanks to a hill). I have to say, after we set up to paint at Cove Road, I was still thinking about that tree. My efforts to paint the marsh in what turned out to be a crowded and noisy environment (it is usually so peaceful there!) resulted in a mess, so I wiped it off. But I kept thinking about that tree. On Monday night I cropped some of the photos and had the idea of painting some very small value sketches to compare composition options. The result is above. I'm not sure that the compositions are very different, but it was a lot of fun. Let me know which one you like best (top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right).


  1. I like the bottom right best-the shapes seem more balanced to me- I like them all really- good exercise!
    Glad your eye is ok.
    Its hard to paint with worry- especially about what you need to paint with!

  2. This is a great exercise, Bobbi-
    I have tagged you to receive a "Kreativ Blogger" award on my blog, if you are interested.

  3. Hi Bobbi,
    The one on the bottom left is nice. I like how the shadow moves from the lake to the side of the hill... in B&W it make me think of snow.. it looks like a shadow on the ice of a lake then going up onto the snow bank... maybe I'm ready for snow? Maybe just crazy : )

  4. Somehow I missed this entry a month ago. I can't decide whether I like the top left or bottom right the best! The top left seems to me to have a nice feeling of repose. But I like the tension and the energy and the slightly leaning-off-the-edge feeling of the bottom right. It's interesting how the series seems to go from quietest (bottom left, not enough energy for me), to top left with some energy but still tranquil, to bottom left which has a lot of energy but it's still somewhat contained, to the top left which has so much energy heading in different directions that it seems like the image is trying to jump off the canvas. Interesting!

  5. I meant to add, I am so glad your eye is okay!