I was thinking about 'abstract values', and gave the composition a little more consideration than usual. I drew out shapes on the basis of a diagonal composition, with the angle of the hill echoing the angle of the shed roof, and the angle of the beach, etc. Before I knew it, the picture looked like this.
|Rusty Shed, Applecross|
Now I had the palette full of colour...where next? I had loads of half finished pictures, and returned to these ones.
|Far Away Trees|
Then I had a go at another little picture.
|Another Skye View|
I also had a go at rescuing this next picture. I was analysing its abstract values and trying to improve them. I haven't finished it yet, and I have to say that I'm not quite sure where it's going. But at least it's beginning to look more interesting...
|Fuar Toll, Strathcarron|
Anyway, after all my recent struggles, I felt very happy to immerse myself in the sumptuousness of the oil colour. And I think taking more of an impasto approach suits my natural style a little better. But I'll see how I feel about these efforts in a week's time....