|about 10x 16 pastel on Uart|
When making the decisions about your painting, before you begin to paint you need to choose a dominant value. On the value scale, what will the majority of the painting be? (This one is a 1.5/2)
This is a long way of saying that yesterday when I was cleaning out my drawers I found this piece. I was ready to trash it when I said no, it has hope.
It is the view from the wonderful home where I stay when I am in Washington. The Tivel family graciously allows me to share their paradise each year. One morning when the sun was out (rare) I painted this. It was all wrong. Mixed up values and not enough dramatic separation. Plus the bushes in the front too closely resembled the large trees in the distance. Egad! What a mess-up!
Then I thought about the way I KNOW this view- covered in the morning fog. Nine months removed from the actual scene and no photos to use, I was FREE! I rubbed, sprayed and layered. All I had was my memory and a wiped painting. The offending verion is below. Thankfully it is gone now. I live by the motto, "if it isn't delicious, it isn't precious."