That Place On The Top Of The Hill

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

That Place On The Top Of The Hill, Acrylic on Canvas, 2018, 22 x 28 inches

I am happy to be finished with this painting and pleased with the final result. If you read my “How To Be A Messy Painter” post a few weeks back you’ll recognize that the detail shot stayed intact in the final painting, hooray! However, I have been battling much of the rest of the painting since then. It went through many versions. And just when I thought it was finished (again and again) I decided the background made everything too busy and too messy. It needed some contrast, and some space to breathe. And the crazy thing is, if I had just painted a plain background to begin with, it wouldn’t have all the process and texture and history that is visible now and I likely wouldn’t have been nearly as happy with it.

Below is the prior painting I had finished before I started the one above. While they may look quite different in final result, I am ultimately interested in the same ideas. That is, trying to get a sense of place using a looser more abstract approach. Looking forward to painting the next one!

Please click on both images for a larger view.

Disappearing Coast, Acrylic on Panel, 2017, 16 x 12 inches