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.
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.