22" x 28"
Oil on Stretched Canvas
This is a larger version of a painting that I did last year, the smaller one was titled "Tuscan Sentinels" and can be seen by clicking here. After going though a stack of paintings in my studio I realized that I hadn't posted this one.
Lately I've been doing a lot of larger works using smaller studies as a guide in preparation for my first solo exhibit coming in September. This version of the original painting was almost a straightforward translation onto a larger canvas because I felt the original was a successful painting. I did make a few adjustments. For example, I added color shift in the sky because it was such a large area on that size canvas that a color change was called for. The cypress trees in the foreground are toned down in value so that they don't stand out more than they need to. There is more detail in the grasses, trees and brick wall and I added more of a distant hill in the background on the left. This has been a great lesson in what it takes to create a larger painting and as the year progresses I'll go into more detail about what I've learned.
I have to say that my husband and I are enjoying having a painting this size hanging in our house. It's been in a few art shows and each time it's come home we've hung it in a different spot. Every time we place it in a new room the feeling of the whole space changes. What an amazing power.
This is also available on the DailyPaintWorks.com site.