simple is best

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Evening Light 27.7.16

“Here’s an opportunity to apply some of the most traditional watercolour techniques
to painting a valley landscape suffused with warm evening light.”

This is Tony Smibert’s introduction to the third and final Project of Part IV in his
Painting Landscapes from your Imagination.

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I decided to stop at this point even though the exercise had a number of further components to it. I liked the lightness of the painting, which reminds me of the wonderful vistas we experienced a couple of years ago in the Land of Enchantment that is New Mexico. I also was thinking of Tony’s words later on in his introduction:

“I think I could (maybe should) have stopped a number of times when the painting was working well…
because I do believe that simple is best.”

Stay tuned as I’ll finish Tony’s exercise, and his book, with another painting tomorrow and keep this one as it is, i.e. sometimes the best advice is to quit while you’re ahead.

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