"Mother and Daughter"
oil on canvas on panel, 12" x 16"Happy Memorial Day! If you read my last post under the radishes, you read about my disappointment at not being able to paint two gorgeous trees. I had to go elsewhere. Sometimes, misfortune is the best way to steer ourself away from a certain kind of trouble. I had a 'scene' in mind that afternoon. Now that I think of it, it was way more complex than I should have been painting . . .too many ideas and not enough emphasis of one thing.
This painting and I were out in the field for four hours . . .and I came away disappointed. I had an epiphany in the shower this morning about making some key changes in it so I ran to the studio to implement the changes. This is the outcome.
For you painters out there, these eucalyptus trees are absolute rascals to paint. I am beginning to understand the nuances I must build into these beauties to really set them off and it seems those nuances and subtleties must be laid in first. Next time, I 'll be wiser. Already, I can see progress from the first of this month. We may only gain inches, but we learn best by hard won experience.
Hope your weekend is wonderful!
Labels: A Painting A Day, California Landscape, daily painting, M E Bailey, M.E. "Mike" Bailey, Oil Painter, Oil Painting, Plein Air, Plein Air Oil, Today's painting