I've been messing around with two paintings, just to work on some ideas. I don't have a finished painting in mind for either of them, but here they are.
The Maine painting is worked with a limited palette and I've been playing with getting the mood of late afternoon Maine light diffused by the angle of the sun. So far I've scraped it down 4 times to change the level of detail (too much, too little...) and I've done a lot of mixing up what's warm and what's cool. I had some foreground plants in a blur that I've removed, they just didn't add anything.
These portraits of my daughter, niece and her son are making their way through some facial expressions. Smiles and teeth are a challenge to paint! But I keep on adjusting it and the likeness comes and goes as I do.