Wednesday, January 19, 2011

In the Mood

I've been playing with reality this week.

That's one of the fun parts of being an artist. You are the creator. Don't like reality? Change it!

I took "Day 365", which was based on a photograph that was taken in the middle of a bright, sunny day and wondered what it would look like at the end of the day. I love the light this time of day because the colors are so rich, illuminating a more dramatic mood.

Of course, changing reality has its challenges. You don't have the photographic reference to get the values right. This is part of why I've been working so hard on getting values right when I do have reference materials. My thought is that if I can accurately represent reality, then I can more convincingly present a new reality, created from my imagination.

I've included "Day 365" again so you can see them side by side. (You can see more details by clicking on each painting.)


  1. How cool to see what a dramatic change you can make! Both versions are beautiful, and I'm so impressed by your work.

  2. You just keep getting better and better. Your figures add such interest to your pictures. I'm so glad that you have the opportunity to use and improve your wonderful gift. Can't wait to see what you do next!