Lest you think I have abandoned landscape, let me post these examples. I feel as if I need to paint more landscapes to maintain my artistic balance. I believe continual exercise of portrait, figure, landscape , and still life important to my growth as an artist. So that is my art resolution for 2013. More landscapes!
Some times I see my composition as being wider than it is tall and I paint a portrait in what is called the Landscape Orientation....that is with a rectangular canvas on its side. I once had someone curating a show tell me I had painted it "the wrong way".
These are 18 x 18 inches. The square format is kinda fun for a change. However they violate the basic rule of composition in that the equal sides decrease variation......always risking less interesting composition. I cant 't figure out why I don't like the painting of the Bearded Gentleman. I love the Moody Gal.