Funny how I "make deals" with myself and waffle on commitments. I wasn't able to stay at the studio today long enough to paint a new painting so I edited "Rosie" and was going to call it my painting of the day (again). It wasn't really cheating, I did use a brush for a bit... (right)
At 10 pm I buckled down and got out the watercolors. Using an old photo I took at Grailville, a retreat center in Loveland, OH, I painted this farm scene. It could be in Wisconsin or any other farming community...
1/17/13 "Across the Field" 7x5 watercolor on paper
I am very happy with the editing I did on Rosie's painting. Here is the new version:
Rosie, stage 2 (SOLD!)
I detailed the eyes & adjusted the values.
Compare this to the old version below:
Rosie, stage 1
So here's the secret about painting. A painting is never done. It just stops in some interesting places. As an artist I am fully capable of working something "to death". One of my goals is to develope a looser, more spontaneous way of painting. These small dog portraits reflect this in a way that makes me quite happy.
I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today.