composition and value study: still toying around with this one. i enjoy painting alla prima because of the element of spontaneity. i think it is a reflection of my personality. sometimes, i want to challenge myself to do things differently. with this study, i wanted to make myself tackle a problem systematically, and take notes on what had happened. the latter is so that i can replicate a solution for a commonly occuring problem when working spontaneously.
it is a simple subject, so it seem like a lot of fuss for something that seems to be of nothing special. the challenge for me is to make this “nothing special” thing into, well, something that is at least interesting. this is good exercise for me.
anyway, after letting it idle for over a week, I decided that the walls needed to be changed. it is not the color I want, but for the moment, I only am interested in the values and visual balance.
SOLD, Elephant Mountain is going home to California.
on our last day of our plein air painting excursion (september 7, 2013) we came across whitehouse pool on highway one near Inverness.
while Kevin and I were painting this landscape, we noticed someone swimming in this pool. after some minutes, she approached us to tell us a story about the mountain that I was painting. I think she said she grew up in the area. she told us that the area we were looking towards used to be called Blacks Farm (owned by the Blacks family), if I remember correctly, she also said that the Blacks rented a house to a relatively well known pop group during the 60s or maybe 70s. I think she was refering to The Youngbloods. they fondly named this mountain Elephant Mountain because the ridges look like the foreheads and trunks of elephants. they titled one of their albums Elephant Mountain.
The Youngbloods—Elephant Mountain on YouTube