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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Choosing a Mood..painting the marsh







I have been commissioned to paint this wonderful view. This is a dream come true commission for me...one of my favorite things to paint! Usually for a commission I will do a few small studies to give the client a choice and allow us to work out the details before I start on the final painting. In this case I had quite a few photos of this scene to work from so I did three 5x7 studies in which I tried to capture a different mood of the scene....a moody gray day, sunset with the marsh grasses illuminated by the setting sun, and twilight when the sky was pink and color was gone from the marsh. I also showed them a sunrise view that I posted here a few days ago. I wonder what they will decide? What is your choice? The painting will be 16x20. I'd love to hear from you!











7 comments:

TheTreePlanter said...

I love them all, good thing it's not me trying to decide which to do for the larger painting!

Julie said...

They are all beautiful, but the very first one captures my interest more because as a marsh it should have dark and secretive depths and this one clearly has dark shadowy areas of mystery and interest. But that's just me -non of them stand out as particularly boring either. Great job and thank you for sharing!

Kerri Settle said...

They're all gorgeous; I think my favorite is the next-to-last one. They have a hard choice in front of them.

Karen said...

Thank you! I can't wait to paint the bigger version!

Cynthia said...

WEll it is hard to decide but the bottom one with the brilliant blue nuances shining....well I think maybe they might pick number 4...but it will be hard as all are wonderful. I love it when you put several variations up at one time...like your challenge blog.
It really shows us what is really possible and inspires me.

Karen said...

Thank you for your feedback. It is interesting to hear what you think and of course I will keep you posted!

Gina Wright said...

This is a difficult choice, it is between the first and the last. I have been following your blog for the last year and enjoying it very much. Like you I love pastels.