Although the color is off, I wanted to show the improvements made in this piece. The two trees on the right are now forming one large mass and the dark shape above the lower tree is removed. I've added more texture in the tree masses and some in the grassy areas. The rest is untouched, what a difference in color! Not even photoshop would help me out. (June 15)
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"6x8" Oil on canvas mounted on board
This addition to my garden series was painted yesterday in one session (about three hours). The scene is once again from my neighbor Kelly's yard and appears just as I have painted it. Her daughter's play house is a cute little "hide-out" that I'd love to have for myself.
After the last two pieces were painted on gessoed Strathmore board, I was wanting to feel the texture of canvas under my brush. I had enjoyed the easy flow of the brush on the smoother board but something about the canvas was calling me back to it. Painting on the two surfaces are such different experiences and the final product is noticeably different. In my critique, I find that the board surface produces many hard edges for me. Maybe it's just a matter of me learning how to soften the strokes. Carol Marine can work on hardboard and use flats and still get wonderful soft edges as well as sharp. Of course the canvas produces much softer edges naturally, but I don't seem to get the more loose and fluid strokes. I'm still trying to decide which I like best, but for now maybe I'll keep switching back and forth. If anyone would like to give an opinion of my work on these two surfaces, I'd welcome your input!