Ugh! Couldn't get a photo without a bunch of glare.
After posting yesterday's picture, I decided the background was too light. I had originally intended for a really dark background that everything would disappear into. Even though I really loved the painting, after waking up at 3:00 AM and stewing about it for 1/2 an hour I decided to get up and repaint the background.
I am not sure if I made a mistake or not. I think this is a better picture. But it lost the vitality of the first version. I think I like this one better but I am mourning the loss of the original. What do you think? Mistake or not? At least I have the photograph!
These were beautiful clouds reflected in a lake at the Continental Divide in Colorado. It's about 12,000 feet which makes the air really thin and the sky very bright. Also, it is above tree line which makes it looks a little like an alien landscape.
The sky in the painting isn't quite as purple as it appears in the photo. When I adjust the color in Photoshop to get the purple gray enough then everything else in the painting is too gray. So use your imagination and gray out that purple a bit without graying out the other colors. If anyone out there has any suggestions on how to fix it in Photoshop, I would love to hear.
I decided to do this one again because I just love the set-up and the colors. I tried to get a softer less hard edged painting and maybe succeeded a tiny bit. I can't believe how hard it is for me to lose the edge! I will keep on trying but it's time to move on to another composition.