I often enjoy taking an older painting that has been hanging around
the studio for a while and see what can be done with it.
In this case i felt the original was rather flat.
The yellow house had no dimension.
The grass was in need of improvement.
Also i felt there was not enough contrast everywhere
and the cows did not stand out like i thought they should.
So! What to do?
I started on the house and turned it a bit. The joy of acrylic.
I then worked on the trees and created more dark values
with the sky and water peeking through in spots.
I felt the bottom right corner was too large a space on it's own.
I tried a boat but ended up with the road.
And the road led to the far right building becoming a garage.
Finally, i worked on the shadows and the grass.
I think it works a lot better and i learned a lot doing this.
As always there are many ways a painting can be re-worked.
By doing this i am able to determine how i am progressing as an artist.
In a few months if the painting is still here there may be further changes.
I have come to realize that a painting is never really finished.
We just need to know when to leave it alone.
Merry Christmas everyone and God bless.