There was some serious experimentation going on here. I wanted to create a landscape in which the foreground, although large in area, was largely abstracted and darker than the middle and backgrounds. In order to get the mood right and to get enough interest in the middle and backgrounds (if you lead them there, is there something for them to find?), I did quite a lot of compositional work as I went along. All in all, I am quite pleased with the results. In the actual painting, the purples in the foreground are a bit more muted; in fact, they blend in quite well. Other than that, this photo captures the feeling of sunlight I got and which was one of the goals.
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I am a painter living in Vermont. I've been painting for about 20 years learning as I go along. In the last couple of years I've been learning a bunch of new painting techniques and experimenting with new subject matter.