Two different studies for two different types of compositions. The first, an architectonic composition, attempts to incorporate the figure of the fiddler into the “architecture” of his background. Oddly enough, this really doesn’t seem to work for it. Melding the figure with his background seems to make the image static, whereas I would like more motion and energy in the piece. I had a great time with these greens, purples, and reds though. Others suggested I look into Thomas Hart Benton‘s work for inspiration and study. This illustration contains themes and colors similar to his own.
This second study is a frame composition. The main focal point is framed by other portions of the piece. Lately, I’ve enjoyed looking at old planes and expedition photographs–where I got my inspiration. And then, somehow, I ended up with a study of a scene that could be found in The English Patient.