“What’s the problem here, can I possibly save this one? NO!” Leaving my studio yesterday morning I called my husband and said “Well that’s it, I can’t save the painting. It’s quite a mess, I’m throwing it out.” Never a man to mix his words, he said, “okay.” He knows not to challenge, because it’s rare I throw a painting out – I’m too stubborn to let one go. So he waits, because he knows before too long I usually come back and declare, “Guess what? I saved it!”
Such is the case with Quiet Stroll (14×11, oil pastel) – oh my, such troubles with the grasses from the foreground to the mid-ground. Walking away, gave me the time I needed to come back and take a fresh look. By looking with a new set of eyes, I began to see patterns – ah, there they were and then I set out to go at it again. Scraping away paint, laying down layer-after-layer of oil pastel I gradually began to build grass colors and textures. I finally started to see and feel the scene – so glad I took that breather!
One issue, my laptop saw better days (both the graphics card and battery died). I’ve only just begun working on my new computer and there is a lot to learn with Windows 8. The photo system I was using to retouch photographs before posting them changed. Many folks out there think Microsoft did away with the photo editor with Windows 8, they are wrong. It’s there, but buried deep within the photo gallery. Long story short, this is the first image that I’ve worked to re-touch on the new system – it’s as close to the actual painting that I could get it. Only one area, the sky, is showing the haze as though it’s clouds, not so in the painting. I plan to go back, take another photo and play around again – if the results are better I’ll post it to under “landscape” tab above.
Inspiration from a reference image from photographer, John Robinson of pmp.