The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. – Hans Hoffman
I wrote a V-Note September 19, 2016 about simplification and massing. You can read it here.
One of the (many) reasons I struggle to paint outside is that I get so danged overwhelmed by everything. There’s just too much beautiful and interesting stuff out there. Too danged much potential. I go out there, I get god-smacked by the majesty and distracted by the details, and then I end up with an indecisive composition. It’s easy to underestimate the editing it takes to make “simple” landscape paintings. Marc Bohne is a master of simplification. Notice his massing (grouped and simplified forms). He makes it look as if it was the obvious choice, but if you’ve stood in our Northwest landscape with the intention of painting you know how complicated all those editing choices can be.
I encourage you to see this show. “Paintings of Ireland” is right here in Magnuson Park. I haven’t seen the show yet, so when I tell you to see the show I’m a hypocrite. So for the busy and the lazy of us, I encourage you to click this link. Howz that for simplicity?