Thursday got me a little farther down the road on this piece but it's at the stage where I'm not sure if it got better or worse. When a painting is at this place there are good things about it that need to be left alone while other parts are not right yet. trouble is... I become tentative as to what to do to keep moving forward. Earlier on in the life of a painting you can just plunge in and not worry about losing ground. But later you feel the need to be cautious. Caution makes for non creative brushwork. I need to let this one sit for a while. Rothko sometimes sat and pondered a piece for hours and days before stepping up with that one perfect stroke that completed it. Rothko I'm not. But I understand how he felt about the process.
I have another piece to move on to so I think I'll work on it for a while.
The kids are home for xmas and lots of distractions now. All good ones! So, who knows if I'll get anything done for the next few days?
I made some progress yesterday (wed.) on this one. It's coming together slowly. The ocean and sky need a lot of attention now but the figures and most of the wet sand area are close to what I want. I plan to take another stab at it today..........
So.... after a few days work this was what I had at the end of Tuesday. I had a hard time pulling it together .....mostly because I have an aversion to pink. And, as I have said before, I don't like the stereotypical sunsets with silhouettes. But I pressed on and started to make real progress. Had some trouble with the figure on the right. Changed it a couple times and now I think it's workable. I'll post again when I make something of this. If you scroll down you will see an earlier post showing how this painting began.
Thanks for looking.
Thought you might like to see what I'm working on. Good clam tides last week later in the evening. These two are about 20 x28" acrylic on linen. this is the 2nd day on both of them. the figures are starting to work ...though parts are still just sketched in with charcoal.