Studio reflections on paintings by Robert Marchessault.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Near Epping, 2009, 11" x 14", oil/panel.
You would think that small paintings are easier to do than larger ones. Wrong. Every time I start a small panel thinking, "this won't take too long to finish", it ends up that many weeks pass before the piece is done. I'm not sure why this is.
In the case of "Near Epping", I think I painted 10 layers (variations) before I got the painting to present what I had in mind. I am now content with the work. The hardest part was getting the contrast right. The dark of the shadows against the lighted foliage is the trick to making this little painting sing.