Thursday, April 19, 2012

90% there

This painting has been full of challenges. I want the focus to be on the stream or rivulet but the bank is actually more interesting than the water. I want to include the blue wildflowers but they can't be so detailed that they compete or distract from the bank and the water. Back and forth, back and forth.

To complicate matters, the little study is a vertical scene (5.75 x 4.5 inches) and the finished painting is square because I washed off an old painting to use the surface and frame again. I'm getting there but there are still many decisions to make. You can see the color study using a cool magnifier here.

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