I am working on two portrait commissions. To brush up on my people skills, I pulled up this photo that I had on my challenging list. This reminds me that I need to sketch hands more, especially waving.
The current exhibit at the Burlington Art Guild is of abstract paintings by Tim Laffey. Every good composition can be abstracted and hold up. That is what challenged me to infuse somewhat abstract nature scenes into my animal art. I dropped this painting into Photoshop and applied a filter called cutout to test my painting.
After looking at this I am wondering if adding a small cow on the hillside might improve the composition.
I started this plein air and had to quit early to make it to an opening reception. I tweaked it later, changing the foreground some and working on the waves. It was a very windy day and I could not really make out the waves.
12" x 9" oil on canvas
I did get this small study earlier. The bark came off the tree exposing the wormholes that I imagine led to the demise of this evergreen.