Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Coastal Allure - What Happens When A Painting Gathers Dust?
9 X 12 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
We all have them. A painting we were so pleased with after we finished it and then proudly added our signature to. Riding that wave of pride in our work we list it on our web site or blog where it stays for a long time.
"Coastal Allure" is one of those. Originally it was called "View From The Montage" and you can see the original here. I decided to rework this painting as an exercise for myself just to see if I could improve upon the original version. When I painted it initially I didn't know how to use color to differentiate the hills or how to handle the buildings in the background. The brushwork in the foreground overpowered my focal point as well so, I toned it down in this version.
All in all this was a great exercise. Because the basic plan for the painting was already there I was able to play a lot more with color and edges. It felt liberating to paint out sections I wasn't happy with any longer.
What do you think, is this an improvement?
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