Should I break the rule or not – I thought about this one rule the entire time I was painting Sentinel. Want to know what the rule is? Good composition rule #1, never put the subject or point of interest dead center in the painting, when in doubt divide up your surface into thirds and put the POI in one of the four points that intersect – oh my what to do.
This time I just couldn’t follow the rule, simply because Sentinel, the tree guard is playing a significant role and became the division between two fields one green and the other yellow. Don’t you wonder what if any it’s purpose was? Perhaps it’s that the left-side are rows of corn and the right-side is a wheat field – dividing line, right? Or maybe, it’s a dividing line between two farm properties (in New England they used stone walls as dividers) with the weeds/grasses and old “Sentinel” as the dividing line. Whatever the purpose Sentinel played a pivotal role and stands guard over both – oh the history and tales it could tell . . . you got to love that old tree.
Sentinel, an oil pastel (11×14) was painted on a gesso prepared hardboard using mainly Holbeins, some Senneliers, Neopastels and Mungyo-Gallery oil pastels. A underpainting was done using acrylics to cover the white of the gesso, then once dried clear gesso was applied to give the surface some tooth and texture.
Hope you enjoy and let all our guards be this faithful . . .
This painting was inspired by a photograph taken by my friend, Steve Lyddon a wonderful artist and photographer from pmp.