I made a number of small changes to the panels at the suggestion of the critique group, but one big one, the last I want to talk about, was on the panels that the last post exhibited.
The easiest way to spot it is to show Panels 5, 6, 7, and 8 as they were before changes were made.
The foreground was one of those “called in” bits of painting. The actual scene has foliage there, but it is not interesting. The foliage on the left is larger, particularly as it pulls in closer with the panorama moving around into its 110 degree span. And the water is an important part of the subject matter. So, again I think it was Ray who wondered “what would happen if….” And I immediately saw the logic of his imaginings.
The river isn’t painted quite as it will ultimately look, because I had to white out the foliage and that made the oils too dense to work with in any very concerted way. But it’s coming along.
St. Johns Bridge from Cathedral Park, 8 panels. each 12 x 24″, total 24 x 96″, oil on board, 2010
I’m quite pleased with the crossing diagonals of the whole, which the changes I made enhanced. I’m tweaking the light a bit more to make it somewhat more dramatic on the hills and the largish tree in panel 3 on the right. I want to echo the bridge arches on the left. But these are really tweaks, easy to accomplish.
So thanks, pals of mine, who brought their minds and eyes to bear on this effort. So ends the saga of this panorama. Or so I hope. –June