Thanks for taking the time to comment Joseph. I cannot count the number of times I have been compared to Van Gogh. Actually, I do not like his work. But, I think I understand his quest as I think I am on the same road. We can discuss that at a later time if you wish.
As to the painting, no, the sky is manifested based on your suggestion about adding drama. I use photos as a reference for forms, shapes, color intensities, and compositional qualities that I manipulate into paintings. I learned a long time ago that to copy a photo was a useless effort for me as the painting looked like a photo, thus destroying the visceral reaction of seeing a painting.
It appears that Grand Canyon V demanded to be done before Grand Canyon VI. Kind of nice in a way. In the ordered sense. I have been know to finish the last painting in a series or collection before I finished the fourth or fifth painting. Anyway, this painting is progressing at its own demand. I have placed the far canyon wall in to make the demarcation between the sky and the earth. This painting is not talking to me.
It is singing. It is becoming a manifestation of my mind's eye effort to produce an abstract realism presentation of recognizable imagery that the viewer can at once see and know what it is while at the same time can have an emotional involvement. Of course, that is if I have the skill to do it. I will leave it to others to classify the 'type, or school' it belongs to. I used to be interested in such classification. I now consider that an effort for others who do not manifest beauty but need to somehow organize stuff. Enjoy this post.
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