Thursday, April 2, 2020

Fix It Friday #5 - Spring Wildflowers

Spring Wildflowers, 6 x 8, Oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2020

It's spring in central Texas, and the wildflowers abound! Sadly, we are all staying inside and are not getting to see much of the glorious display. Today, I am showing a small painting that started out in the field, and got changed (A LOT) in the studio several years later. 

Meanwhile, I hope you are all managing in this crisis. It's hard. I'm trying to stay focused with my studio work, but...finding a new rhythm is challenging! Wishing you great clarity and productivity in these days... 



Problem 1 - Small shrub overpowers the wildflowers.
Fix 1 - Removed Shrub.
Fix 2 - Made flowers more dominant (and changed them).

Problem 2 - Muted sky feels dull.
Fix 1 - Dragged a pop of color into sky to liven it up. 

When I painted the original, it seemed important to include the shrub to fill out the scene. Later, I could see that it dominated, but wasn't very interesting. Then I removed it, well... turns out, the flowers were not quite "enough" to carry the scene either (I guess that was why I included the shrub in the first place.) I realized that I needed the focal element to become more important and to pop above the horizon line. That is when the flowers just evolved into a whole new variety! 

Sometimes the fix needs a fix! ;)

Click Here to see Fix it Friday #2 


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Love seeing the progress of the fix. Stay safe!

Barbara Muir said...

Love this and the description. Stay well Laurel,

You are a constant source of delight and inspiration.


Trisha said...

Hi, Laurel... have enjoyed your posts of St. Simons scenes as well as “ the fixes” you have done. I loved this one, though, before & after the fix. Sheltering in place has helped me paint a little more, so that’s been a serendipity.. Stay safe.

Sharon L. Graves said...

I love Fix it Friday. The changes made perfect sense.

Laurel Daniel said...

Thanks All! I love getting your feedback on my "fixes", and I love just HEARING from you! Keep yourselves healthy and safe!
XO Laurel