September 12, 2012
Back to an unfinished painting
Color was the first issue. I don't remember why the palette was so limited when I was working on it outside, but it definitely needed to have a much broader range of color. Focus was the next. You'd think with an iconic image like that, it would be easy to think about the focus, but I thought the original painting drew you to the center bottom column for no good reason at all. Perspective was a problem too -- the city seen beyond the memorial was too big, too blocky.
I'm partway into reworking this and liking it much better, enjoying the challenge of solving the problems. I can still see that the line of shadow and light that I thought was so interesting on the right side of the memorial is too rigid and I will break that up as I continue on.