We have a wonderful view out the dishwashing kitchen window. During the day I have spent too much time staring in awe at the way the light effects the scrubby trees, open meadows, rock-slide areas, the endless variations of color and texture as it describes the solid massive shape in front of me. I have been trying to capture it for many years. And not ever been truly satisfied.
I have tried again today in an attempt to further my exploration with gouache. I admit to being rather disappointed last week tackling peppers one day, delicata squash another and not even bothering to post. I’ve looked at video on-line to learn how to better use the medium and not been particularly inspired by what I saw, as I want to work more spontaneously. The tutorials I watched showed the capability of the medium in very tight pieces, not at all what I want to explore.
Though this painting is fairly representative, it certainly lacks the drama the hillside can sometimes show when the light and clouds are at play. It was a flat light day, a day anticipating rain, anticipating change. I’m not unhappy with these results. I’ll post some prior attempts.