I believe that time in the field and time in the studio are equally important. Working outdoors has taught me about value, colour and how to edit and simplify shapes to their essential parts.
When I’m in the studio, where I have more time to pay attention to design, composition, and drawing, this accumulated knowledge gained from painting countless field studies has proven to be quite valuable.
When painting all the parts of a studio painting, these field studies help to inform each compositional element of the piece so that they might exhibit the overall believability and natural qualities that are seen and felt in nature.
In contrast, without the experience of working from nature, the overall effect might end up looking photographic and or dull in colour with an unauthentic effect of light.
– Glenn Dean
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