January 27, 2008

A Bike Ride

I saw a picture, not THIS picture but one similar and it inspired this picture. The only real similarities are the bike rider (yes, that is a bike rider LOL) and the road. Funny, where our imaginations find a "jump off point" and just go. It's done in my sketchbook and the plan was to just keep it loose. I feel like I did accomplish that part. I started to paint this last night but ended up with so much foreground that I hated it. Does anyone else have this problem; too much foreground to fill and nothing really to fill it with? What do you do?
While I was painting this I realized how much I miss the vineyards and farms from home. I love the trees and the ocean up here but I miss the farms, too. I accidentally got the green a little saturated in PS, it's actually a little more yellow but closer than I've gotten in the past with those colors.


Blogger Lin said...

Tami! This is superb!! Loose, luscious, warma colors inviting you along for the ride -- and yes, the cyclist is absolutely evident!!! GRAND GRAND JOB!

I too struggle with foregrounds and wind up adding too much detail ... oh the learning curve .. but cara, I think you handled ALL your grounds her beautifully!

12:25 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Thank you, Lin. I always appreciate your comments.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Brenda Y said...

Very fresh and loose! And you've got very nice pigment mixes. I absolutely cannot paint anything from my imagination, so have no clue about the foreground question - LOL!

10:05 PM  
Blogger Tracy Wandling said...

Oh my computer is being nasty!! I keep trying to comment,and it keeps not working. So here we go again.
Love the greens, fresh and springish. And I totally knew that was a guy on a bike! With our snow encrusted, freezing cold landscapes around here, this is a joy to behold!!
Happy painting!

7:12 PM  

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