Saturday, December 17, 2016

"By the Bow" #1 & #2



I often enjoy taking an older painting that has been hanging around 
the studio for a while and see what can be done with it. 
In this case i felt the original was rather flat. 
The yellow house had no dimension. 
The grass was in need of improvement. 
Also i felt there was not enough contrast everywhere 
and the cows did not stand out like i thought they should. 
So! What to do? 
I started on the house and turned it a bit. The joy of acrylic. 
I then worked on the trees and created more dark values 
with the sky and water peeking through in spots.
I felt the bottom right corner was too large a space on it's own. 
I tried a boat but ended up with the road. 
And the road led to the far right building becoming a garage. 
Finally, i worked on the shadows and the grass. 
I think it works a lot better and i learned a lot doing this. 
As always there are many ways a painting can be re-worked. 
By doing this i am able to determine how i am progressing as an artist. 
In a few months if the painting is still here there may be further changes. 
I have come to realize that a painting is never really finished. 
We just need to know when to leave it alone. 
Merry Christmas everyone and God bless. 








7 comments:

  1. Hello Ross, came to repay a visit to your wonderland. !!
    It always makes me feel good. Your painting looks great. I see you not only brightened the house, you remodeled it too. !! Yes, advantages of acrylics that would be impossible with watercolor.

    I want to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, the best New Year.. and blessings to you...
    Barbra Joan

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  2. Thank you Barbra. It is always a delight for me to connect with you via the wonderland of blogging. Hope you are well. Thank you for your comments. Always appreciated.

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  3. So beautiful paintings !!!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017 !!!

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  5. Love the new version - absolutely fabulous! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year!

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    1. Thank you Pat. So nice of you to visit and i always appreciate your comments. Christmas was grand. I hope yours to be so as well. :)

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