Change is good.
I paint a lot,
so I have a lot of paintings tucked away.
Some I like,
others not so much.
I've been working on skies and I didn't really care if I produced a sellable piece or not.
I am determined to improve painting skies.
I have always loved beautiful cloud formations and I haven't made the progress in painting them I wanted.
I looked through some old canvases I put aside to possibly redo, "someday" and today was that day
for one of them.
There are things about this painting I love,
and some things I don't love,
or even like.
This is one of my oldest paintings and I'm more than a little embarrassed to be showing it to you.
I love the left side of the painting,
but the right side and especially that tree is awful.
But I love that light on the lake and the grasses in the foreground are good.
But the sky is very plain and I want to work on skies,
so this painting is my work space for the day.
I'm not going to show you all the steps,
but here is where I was at the end of the session.
It's completely different.
I wasn't too sure in the beginning.
I thought for a while I was just going to have to gesso the whole thing over and start from scratch.
my goal was to work on creating a dramatic sky,
so I pressed on.
I learned a lot along the way.
(there's that word again),
I wasn't happy with the tree on the right (again).
Before I added any leaves,
I really liked it
I wanted just a few leaves, as if they'd all fallen.
I went a few leaves too many as you can see,
I wasn't sure how to fix it.
So, I walked away.
It came to me, what to do,
so this morning I went to the studio and
put my plan into action.
So I fixed the tree on the right,
and put a little more highlight on the rocks rimming the lake.
Following my last post about learning anywhere,
I repeat, you can learn anywhere,
you have to actually get in the studio
Have a great day.