|Gathering Light oil 36 x 36 inches Private collection|
This is an image that I have previously done a couple of versions of. The earlier oils were purple-based and more subdued. I really like this composition and felt compelled to really push the colors in a new version.
I began with the bright oranges and reds in combination, making a new world with it. Care was taken to keep the brightest red-orange in the background to only that space. The other reds and oranges are not exactly the same color. The end effect is that the brightest space and color is not diluted, it's power is magnified because that color was not repeated. It is the same with the yellow hues at the tops of the trees - that yellow is not used again. The other yellows are slightly green or red shifted, leaving the tops of the trees brighter than the other yellows.
The overall effect is a bright and luminous landscape where all of the elements accentuate the others, with everything setting up the glowing red-orange background as a focus point.
It was a pleasure to work through this one and I want to thank the new owner for purchasing this for their home!