Beach Promises, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2020
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INTRODUCING MY NEW SERIES... FIX IT FRIDAY!
Sometimes, a painting just doesn't work. Usually, I chalk that failure up to practice, and just move on. But some of those "bloopers" have captured something. They cry out for a DO-OVER, and just need some minor editing to make them "work". With a little bit of TLC, they transform and offer up lessons about color, value, or composition. Of course, the goal is always to get it right the first time; but this process helps me identify where and how I lose the plot. (It's also a great warm up activity!)
Read on, and tune in for the next few Fix-It Fridays when I will show my experiments with Do-Overs, including before and after shots and a brief explanation of changes I made.
Fixer Upper #1 - Beach Promises, 6 x 8, oil on panel
Problem 1 - Corridor to beach is too wide and exposed.
Fix 1 - Made opening more irregular, and enhanced dominance on left side.
Problem 2 - Foliage is skimpy.
Fix 2 - Enhanced all foliage, keeping left side dominant.
When I painted the original piece on location, I let myself get too stuck to what was actually there (skimpy foliage and all). As painters, we want to be free to exaggerate the "feeling" of the scene and adjust reality as needed. I hope I remember this lesson next time I need to change up the scene a little bit! ;)
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