Untamed Land

Untamed Land
Untamed Land

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Radical Change

Okay, this is the third time that I have posted this photo of Harlequin Ducks that I shot this past Winter in Seward.
I have been posting a few progress photos of the painting inspired by the photo that has given me fits for the last few months.
When I reached this stage in the painting I began to realize that the composition of it was so hopelessly conventional that I needed to do something dramatic with it. It is the boring perspective that really discourages me. What can I do to make it better?
The only thing that I could think of to do was to use rocks to make the composition a little more dramatic, and to focus the viewer's attention on the ducks.
So it's still a boring painting. I cannot imagine selling it, but who knows? I can only hope that my next effort will be more inspired.
I'll end this post with a shot of a Robin near my home. Robins and warblers have only returned to the neighborhood in past few days. I also saw a male Northern Harrier in the field next door. Raptors of any kind are unusual in my neighborhood and I see about 10 female harriers for every male.

1 comment:

marc calvo said...

John!,i am in a similar situation like you,but in my case more anoyed;i have been two months without painting,due to the difficulties for sending pictures outside of my country;for that,i am only dedicate to go to the nature making photographys making sport,and stop if its appear a new strategy for promoting my art.I fill out of context in my area.