This landscape was more of a portait of a property than anything else, so I had to be true to the elements in the piece.Â But I did take artist license with illimination of many items on the property that were not vital toÂ Ranchita’s identity and that would ‘clutter’ my composition.
I also struggled a bit as to whether or not I wanted the 3rd horse…and where it should be placed.Â So as I often do, I made a thumbnail clipping and moved it around the canvas stuck with tape.
In these initial planning stages, I am building aÂ map that I want you to useÂ as your eyes travel around the painting. Â If you have a poor map, then your viewer’s eyes are going to go left to right, by nature, and then beÂ finished.Â Â
To keep their eyes traveling in circles around each piece with gentle stops on my points of interest, I use composition, value changes and lighting.Â I double-check it in my mirror to fool my own eye and then when I am happy…it’s time to get the brushes out.