Holy Hill, Wisconsin

Holy Hill, Wisconsin

This painting is of Holy Hill, Wisconsin, North of Milwaukee. Properly named Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, it’s a beautiful church on a hardwood covered hill. The hill was formed when a retreating glacier left deposits of earth as it melted.

When I was planning this painting, I was concerned that the direction of the road would lead the viewer into the painting, then immediately out again since the lines form an arrow pointing to the left edge of the canvas. So I created a “blockade” of dark color on that edge, then carried some of the violet shadow colors from the road into the trees to the right, leading your eye back towards the center.

Does it work?

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