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Grazing

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A painting of two horses in a field

Grazing. 11x14, oil on linen. 2016

It has been a long time since I started a larger-size landscape (if I remember correctly, the last one didn't turn out so well). I based this on one of the color studies that I recently posted, adding a couple of horses that I rustled from another location.

I painted the trees and some of the foreground in layers. What this means in practice is that I painted over some parts to add texture, remove detail, or push things more into the background. Some of that was planned from the beginning, but mostly it was a matter of seeing what the painting needed as it developed. Working in layers is one of the hardest things to do in painting, because you have to think about your paint in a three-dimensional way.