I think it was worth the risk of repainting the sky. I exaggerated the perspective by bowing rows down in the middle, and the big clouds are bigger and lower with less little distant clouds.
The outline shows the placement of the old clouds, which was too evenly spaced, and the rows were straight across. I’m trying to learn to orchestrate the sky, which can get a bit messy. After this, if I’m unsure I will be more at ease to rework my paintings.
At the horizon this picture needed something. It is commonly accepted that at the horizon there should be a fall off of colors, a veil of humidity to some degree, whether it is really there or not to add perspective and mood. I didn’t subdue the trees in the shelter belt enough. Here in the Northern Midwest, we don’t see it very often, and it was not present here, but I feel the effect should be added. The whole picture shouldn’t have the same intensity.
Just about everytime I’ve done Plein Air Painting, I’ve had to improvise on this effect. Our air is very clear! If I went southeast this wouldn’t be a problem.
“Rolling Up the Carpet” is the name I give for paintings of hay bails, although the sky is always of big interest to me in pictures of the plains. From our house we have a wide open view of the Southern sky. I’m especially watchful when thunderheads are developing.
8×10″ stretched canvas with gallery edges.
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