One winter morning an orange hue was cast over the whole view. It was particularly striking in combination with the boxcars lined up just outside town. The colours and perspective held great promise for a painting. A few years later, here’s the result, almost finished.
This is a little painting I did with one intent: simplicity. To be sure I had to stick to that, I painted the fence posts, the darkest values, first. Then everything else had to be painted to enhance the posts. I think it was easier to adjust values and keep everything loose and stark in the larger areas with those posts to bounce everything off, except that there was only once chance to get everything right! There isn’t much in the background – unlike my usual “style”, there is more design here than realism.