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#30×30 Day 07 : The Wandering Path

June 7, 2021

I didn’t have a specific painting for inspiration this time, more like, a kind of composition I find myself returning to.

This is a classic device – the idea of shaping the landscape to make a wandering path which leads the viewer into the painting. It’s something I do all the time these days. You might think I’d get tired of it, but I never do. I love to look back at my pictures and follow these pathways out to the horizon.

Maybe it’s there already – after all, you got to the view somehow right? You were probably following a walking path already. Sometimes you just need to take what’s there, and make it a little more obvious. Clean up the edges, make it a little easier to see the path.

Combine that with distance planes, made by desaturating and blue shifting the color in clearly defined bands, and you immediately have the illusion of depth.

All righty! I hope you’ve had a great day of painting. See you tomorrow!


8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2021 8:42 AM

    YIKES! That’s good, Marc!

  2. Mitch Zeissler permalink
    June 7, 2021 9:11 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  3. June 7, 2021 9:33 AM

    Hola Marc! El año pasado me agarró la pandemia en Holanda en casa de mi hija….Ahí estuve meses y tuve la suerte de comprar tu libro online…me salvo…me dio mucha energía!!! Ahora estoy en mi casa. En San Martín de los Andes. Patagonia. Argentina
    Tengo una página con acuarelistas de acá….estoy felizzzz pintando. Quería agradecerte y felicitarte por tu actividad…sos inspirador…
    Soy María Rosa Maestretti..y te admiro!

  4. William Johnston permalink
    June 7, 2021 12:31 PM

    Hi Marc,

    I really appreciate your work and posts. In these paintings, I particularly admire your control of edges with paint. Do you have tips or a workshop or video on how to work those paint edges? As an urban sketcher, I rely on the fast, hard black line of my fine tipped marker.



  5. jcbrown2017 permalink
    June 7, 2021 1:06 PM

    Those blue grays are magic!

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