Earlier this Summer I entered two paintings in a show titled Seeing Red at the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC. My goal with both of these paintings was to paint approximately half in varying shades of red, with the other half being the natural colors of the landscape as I saw them. In painting Duke Forest I started by sketching a series of squares of the same size. I intended to create varying squares of red shades next to colors of the natural landscape. I took this a step further by painting half these squares directly on the glass. This 24x36" painting took nearly 50 hours, but it is was one of my personal favorites.
The second painting Linville River was the painting accepted into the show. In doing this I masked out horizontal and vertical bands and subsequently painted the unmasked area as I saw the natural colors. When completed I lifted the masking tape and painted the balance of the painting in shades of red.
Comments and criticism are always appreciated.