"Grass Carpet"

Date: 8/8/2008

Location: Kaloko Ponds

Size: 11" x 14"

Medium: Oil on canvas panel

Artists Comments: This particular area of Kaloko Ponds inspired me for the soft carpet of grass that rolled over the lava field reminiscent of photos I have seen of Ireland (the motherland). The sun cast highlights that danced across the tips of the rolling grass field while the dark lava and ocean provided a stark contrast. My challenge was to find a technique that allowed me to highlight a particular highlight stronger than any other area of the grass field. Feedback received from my painting group suggested that I place my brightest point next to the darkest point in my painting for ultimate contrast. Although I did not perfect this feedback in this painting, it is a lesson that I will remember and use to create future paintings.
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