Monday, October 10, 2011
Adding a Background
Previously, it wasn't as clear as I wanted it to be that he has his nose tucked into her neck. I think that now shows better.
But one of the biggest changes I made was to the background. Before, the upper part was just plain dark green with a little mid-green mottling. I felt that I needed a real background, but not a complicated one. So I drew on my memory of the hills around Livermore and this is what I came up with. A bonus is that the blue of the sky repeats the blues in the halters which pulls the painting together better. The background is quite loose which I think is fine since it's quite a ways in the distance. The only thing I might change is to refine the light shapes on the upper edge of the left far hill.
The fog coming over the hills is a bit cold and gloomy so I brightened the cows and hay immediately around them. I'd like to suggest sunlight falling on them, but I don't think I have quite succeeded with that.