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More Wheat Fields near Mountville, VA

by Simon Bland / Jul 9, 2014 / Painting Landscape Sketch

This landscape painting of wheat fields features atmospheric effects and an abstracted foreground.

Wheat Fields at Groveton II, 9x12 oil on linen panel. 2014

I painted this over the weekend just to give myself the chance to play around with a few ideas and techniques. In particular, I tried to keep the painting as loose as possible.

The look of the wheat in the distance suggested a more exaggerated approach to the light plane and tree line.  To try and make a more sweeping statement about the way the wheat field looks I increased the apparent depth in the scene and created a path through the foreground to lead the eye into the picture.

After letting the painting sit for a week or so, I went back and did some updates to the tree line and added a bit more interest to the foreground and sky.

A landscape painting of wheat fields

Wheat Fields at Groveton III. 6x10, oil on linen panel. 2014.

Not being one to let a good idea go to waste, I also ran up this small 6x10 of the same view.  I moved the horizon line down so that it's more of a sky painting with a little bit of landscape thrown in.