Friday, April 3, 2009

Small Landscapes

Beaver Pond in Spring
5 x 7 soft pastels on Art Spectrum Colourfix
by Miki Willa
This is the first landscape I have done in a while and it was fun to do. I was able to keep it very loose, which was one of my goals. I used a complementary underpainting. I love the way the orange peeks through the greens. I wasn't sure I could put all the information I wanted to include in this 5 x 7 format, but I found it a useful exercise in really looking for what was important. I am always amazed by the work of plein air painters who work in these small sizes. When it stops raining, I will have to get out and try it.


Margaret Ryall said...

I think one of the great things about working small is that little bit of "force" to consider what's most important. I just love the idea of little snippets of landscape and this is the type of work I am most attracted to. For some reason the the wide unending visa doesn't hold my attention for very long. I'm looking forward to seeing more...

Tom Willa said...

Your glass series and landscapes are great. There is a complimentary nature of doing two unrelated subjects. Perspective variations and the concept of abstract is component which I like in your paintings

simoart said...

I love your landscape, I feel peaceful looking at it. Keep up the good work.