Friday, March 16, 2012
When I'm not happy with a painting, I know it's not in the details, so I look for larger elements that aren't working. Somehow the last painting didn't work as well as I hoped; I think it didn't have enough large unifying shapes.
So I decided to try this scene, also in Venice. I love the shape of the darkness under the bridge and the spots of greenery and the flowers. This one I'm pleased with and I've already started the 30x40 version. I like to do a sketch before I tackle a large painting, for just that reason. I can resolve a lot of composition, value and color issues in the small version much easier than the large one. Painting is hard enough; I'll do whatever it takes to make it easier.