Friday, August 08, 2014

Monhegan Sketchbook - Over the Meadow

Half way up Horn Hill on Monhegan is a  plateau which overlooks the village and Manana.  I like the juxtaposition of this house adjacent to to the plateau/knoll and the houses beyond.  In the window is a lovely spindle chair, with its shadow on the wall, quietly sitting above the bustle in the village below.  

I used photoshop to look at the sketch as a monochrome to see how the values read.. I think the entire village and trees should be dropped down 1/2 a value shift, allowing the highest contrast to be solely in the window.  The diagonal of the roof cuts the sketch in half, and it's reading a bit like two paintings.  I'll do another sketch with a few changes as another study for an oil painting... and will post for comparison.
Below is a detail from the window in the foreground.

Thanks for looking.  I'll keep you "posted" on my progress.


  1. I don't know, Jody. Sometimes the most successful pieces flaunt the rules. I think this is awesome. The point of view is so unique that it immediately grabs my interest, as if I am you, standing in your spot and seeing what you see out your window.

  2. I actually did not read it as two paintings because I know that the foreground house is the focal point, my eye travels in a circle back to the window. In any case, I love your sketch book !!!