Mother and Daughter

"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!

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