This next painting was based on a photograph I took when I still lived in South Africa, where I grew up. For a time I lived with my family on a farm east of Pretoria, a grassland landscape I loved deeply. Here I took endless walks with our dogs, mostly late afternoon as twilight came. The next few paintings are all based on photos taken on one of those walks:
I am not too fond of this painting but I like it’s abstract undercarriage. I will keep on trying this scene, maybe by #217 it will be OK. The soil really is that red! Unfortunately I only have a printed version of the photo – now about a decade old. The photo looks quite different from my painting. I pushed the value range a bit and also changed the shape of the foreground shadows.
I am still working on the glare in my photos – you will notice it comes from the right, where the largest window in my studio is. I plan to go back and brush up on Carol Marine’s instructions for photographing paintings, in her generous book. Once I get the hang of it I will try to replace these photos with better ones. Please bear with it for now!