One of my studies from my recent trip to Utah. The simple design for this was so much fun to paint. There are really two big interlocking shapes that make it work: the shape containing everything in the shade, and the shape containing everything in the light. It's a good example of the fact that if you have a strong notan idea, and you stick to it, you'll get to paint an exciting painting. The idea is to avoid compromising either shape by including values that do not belong to the proper group. Everything in the light is a value 4 or higher (I number from 1-white to 9-black), and everything in the shade is value 6 or lower. Keep the integrity of the value groups and you can have a ball with your interpretation of the information before you.
I'm getting excited about my July workshop in Taos, New Mexico. If you're looking for an ideal painter's get away check this out.
SHADOW ON THE VALLEY
©Jimmy Longacre 2015
9X12 oil on canvas panel
subjective realist landscape paintings