There is only a short window of time in which you can capture a sunset, which was the main element of this scene that included an ancient building just beyond a field grass. Here we tackle the challenges that come with working against the clock.
This scene of rocks and trees, overlooking a creek, was done it the late afternoon. This had its own special challenges, considering the location was in a canyon. The light was changing fast, so it was painted without as much time spent on locking in composition. As painters, we are always weighing our options. If more time was spent, the entire canyon would have been in shadow.
The subject of this scene, an old Italian church, is unique because it is situated at a much higher elevation, being looked at from down below.
The star of this scene is an old Italian country house covered in a variety vines and plants of varying color. A break was taken to do studies of chickens, which were painted into the scene as an interesting foreground element.
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