November 9, 2012

A Painting Problem

I started this painting outdoors a few weeks ago, excited by the intense light between the house and the column on its porch.  I liked the way the steps up to the house led to that light.  After putting down color, though, the painting lost its focus and I scraped it down.  I repainted the dark areas in cadmium red and then put it away in the studio.  I got it out again yesterday to see if I could rebuild the color without the problems I'd encountered earlier.  Without a reference (either being on site or having a photo), I was working very slowly.   I'm not sure whether I'll ever finish it, but it's a useful exercise in working out a problem of keeping color in its place to allow the idea to shine through.

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