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This morning I walked into town again and painted a terrible cityscape. As my students know, I've never been crazy about the warm/cool idea. It makes sense, but I don't see the practical application in still lifes, especially since lights and shadows can be affected by so many things (ie. light reflecting in from somewhere else, something half in shadow, the color of the light vs. any other lights nearby, etc.). I prefer to just paint what I see. But with landscapes I can see the value of thinking in terms of warm & cool, or rather, warmER & coolER, since there is just one light source (generally) and it is warm. I'm finding it's important to work out right away the difference between what's in the light and what's in the shadow. What's eating me though, is how to establish the warms and cools in the distance, when everthing in the distance is getting cooler.
This afternoon I hiked up into the forest and found a gorgeous spot with absolutely no one around. I had a great time and painted what you see above. Unfortunately the spot was so secluded I got the jitters a little, thinking something was going to jump out and eat me at any moment. Are there artist eating monsters in Germany? The title means "In the Black Forest".