Here is another exercise in trying to tame a subject that is a bit more complex than I like. The exercise is worthwhile because it requires careful planning of shapes and values to avoid visual chaos. I try to work things down to no more than 3 to 5 major shapes. It's dangerously easy to get caught painting "things" in a scene like this, instead of simple shapes, values, color and edges. This one crashed and burned twice before I was satisfied with the study. If you just quit because it isn't working out, you don't learn much. Perseverance always pays in future dividends.
PERSIMMON AND PRICKLY PEAR
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
16X20 oil on canvas panel
subjective realist landscape paintings