Morning Glory

I was out shooting reference for this painting and I saw this beautiful hill and the sweeping grass, I knew it would be perfect for the model to walk up the hill for a photo. After several tries I believe I captured something I would like to paint. But when I got into the reference so much was lost from what originally inspired me about the image. It was up to me to bring back from memory my vision, image feelings and impression of that day.

Morning Glory, 17 x 11 inches, oil on canvas
Morning Glory, 17 x 11 inches, oil on canvas

As I painted colors began to emerge, the softness of the moving tree leaves with the color resonating as light touched the moving leaves. The softness of the fence post, so dangerously placed in the center of the painting added a balance of focus for the model and space they shared. The movement and sway of the models hips and associated dress as she took steep steps up the hill, working against the pattern and movement of the tall grass and the unusual colors they captured as I was looking into the light.

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