30 April 2012
This one is a difficult composition with the actual source photo being a very linear composition. Knowing how particular my military friends are about detail this makes any deviation rather risky for me. After a lot of thought I have simply combined source photos taken a few kilometres apart and taken the risk of minor inaccuracies (as I have with the buildings) simply because this is a painting with a message, not a record of history.
I have just lost my painting (and photography) light. The poppies on the right of the painting are just as bright as those on the left. I need to be careful now with the added burnt olive trees that I haven't overbalanced the composition, but I think that in real life and good light the balance is held by the colours and tonal values. I mustn't forget to do the centres of the poppies!
and a little more on this one:
(same comment about light on poppies applies. It's that difficult time of day).