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Faraway Farm IV

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An abstract impressionistic landscape

Fields at Faraway Farm IV. 11x14, oil on linen panel. 2015.

About 18 months ago I did a series of paintings at Faraway Farm near Upperville, VA. This week I revisited one of those plein air pieces and used it as the basis for a studio painting.

To make it more interesting I re-imagined the composition and worked in a more abstract manner. The color scheme was designed to lend an overall orange/yellow cast to the picture. The darks are a mix of viridian, bright red and cad yellow light.  Everything else is painted with ultramarine, bright red, cad yellow light and, occasionally, a dash of burnt umber.

After letting the painting sit for a week I made a few small adjustments to the base of one of the central trees. I resisted making any major changes, for once.