Dune Light

Impressionist oil landscape painting by artist Steve Allrich

Dune Light
12"x12" | Oil on panel
Steve Allrich

What interested me here was the brilliant light on the sand against the deep blue sky - it was so bright I could hardly open my eyes when I first arrived. I exaggerated the contrast (just a little) to heighten this effect and and changed the shape of the dunes a bit to simplify the composition. I've been doing that a lot lately: composing with just three or four major shapes and making sure those shapes are the right color, value and shape, and relate to one another correctly.