Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mule Train of Two

Oil on linen on panel, 8 x 10 inches -- Click Here to Buy

This is based on my plein air studies I did in Bishop, CA, this fall. I took Michele Usibelli's workshop last week, and started working on this piece. Then, this is what I ended up today. I tried to keep the whole scene in high key, while maintaining intense darks around the mules and figure. I love the dusty effect on the right of the mules. I kept adjusting the shades of the brushes, and finally settle with this. I love the red bright bandana as a point of interest. The legs of the mules were complicated in the reference photo, but I made the edges as soft as possible, just like the background. My goal was to keep the scene as abstract as possible, and I'm happy with the result.

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