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Saturday, March 12, 2016

BUT - Change is Uncomfortable

Change is good.
 (right)

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.


I know!
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.
But,
my goal was to work on creating a dramatic sky,
so I pressed on.
 I learned a lot along the way.

But,
(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
but,
I wanted just a few leaves, as if they'd all fallen.
But,
I went a few leaves too many as you can see,
but
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,
BUT,
you have to actually get in the studio
and paint,
observe,
think,
see,
experiment,
REPEAT!

Have a great day. 


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Ghent, Kentucky, United States
I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at slgraves6@gmail.com and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.