I found working in a circle quite challenging and interesting. I must make a point to look at Sargent’s rotunda murals both at the MFA and the Boston Public Library. For some reason there is a sentimental aspect that comes through in a circle. I will have to explore the reasons for this.
In dividing up the circular picture plane I choose to divide it in to quarters and think of it as three sections in relation to one. I found that I wrestled with
the perspective a good bit. And I need to process the building on the left a little more. The debate I have with myself is to distort the image in the round, into a fish eye or organize it as if I am viewing it on a flat plane.
So much to learn from such a simple idea. I first do thumb nails, sketches in the round, a value study, sketch on the canvas and then paint into it. I will rethink some of the drawing and put this up on my next blog. I would like to solve the problems. Working in a target it is hard to get flow and movement in the painting.