Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Circle Squared

Circle Squared
6" x 8" oil on panel
$100.00 + $10. s/h

This is another from my study of Edgar Payne's compositions:  circle.  In this one I'm using the tree trunks and the lines of the ground to create the circle.  I'm bringing you into the composition near the lower left, having your eye come across the diagonal of the ground to the bottom of the aspen trunks on the bottom right, up the trunks, across the top of the mountain range and down the trunks in a kind of geometric circle.

17 comments:

SYLVIANE said...

Pam, I was attracted by your beautiful green, and was very interested by your explanations about Payne's composition;I am going to read more about him.Thank you!

Amy Hillenbrand said...

Your right, it does move your eye around the way you have composed this piece. I love the colors in the trees and the color in sky makes me feel I'm looking into the trees in a crystal clear day.

Kelley Sanford said...

You certainly accomplished your goal. Well done.

Dean H. said...

Thanks for the thinking process behind establishing the eye path. Now the path is plainly visible and makes sense to me.
I'm serious...I never seem to get it right (see it) until it is explained.
Guess I have weird eyes that travel in strange ways.
Love the painting, Pam! The tree edges have a very organic look to them.

Gary Keimig said...

Interesting study on Edgar Payne. Thanks for sending me the Aspens for my Wilderness Art challenge. I have it posted.

Pam Holnback said...

Thank you Sylviane, So glad that you like the greens. We had the most incredible fall colors this year. My first time through Payne's book was a challenge. This exercise has really helped me.

Amy, Thank you. Yes, it was the most beautiful day for plein air.

Thank you Kelley!

Dean, Thank you! So glad this helped you! I love doing and teaching this.

Thank you Gary. This months challenge was perfect for me!

Mary Anne Cary said...

These are nice fall paintings, very nicely composed!
Love your colors!

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam, not only is the composition wonderful, but so are the colors! Love the sense of light. Beautiful work!

Cathyann said...

Rich painting Pam...love the greens.

carol morgan carmichael said...

Thanks for sharing so much of your plein air workshop info and pictures. Really interesting looking through it all. Beautiful photos and paintings.

Pam Holnback said...

Mary Anne, Thank you so much. Our colors in Colorado this fall were unbelievable.

Thank you Nancy!

Cathyann, Thanks. I've been so happy to be able to spend so much time outdoors this fall.

Thank you Carol, I've really had fun painting these.

Stephen Parker said...

Wonderful light and color choices in this, Pam.

Marian Fortunati said...

Pam... this is gorgeous...
a lovely painting of a wonderful place.

Dayna Talbot said...

pam....Beautiful painting....the colors are fabulous and the painting has a wonderful sense of light. I enjoyed your explanation of the composition.

Karen Bruson said...

Wonderful variation of color in the tree trunks.

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

It sure works for me...great piece and interesting words too

Pam Holnback said...

Stephen, Thank you! It's great that when we[re out there, the light just happens to be perfect!

Thank you Marian, So glad you like this! And, yes, it was a wonderful place.

Dayna, Thank you. it's been so helpful to me to review Payne's compositions.

Thank you Karen, When you really start looking, you see that the trunks have all these color variations!

Johanna, Thank you!