May 31, 2010
Sanctuary, oil on canvas, 8X10"
This is a painting done in morning light in what is becoming a favorite painting spot for me - a bird sanctuary. I had painted a scene similar to this a few days before that was an abysmal failure because I was unable to simplify the complex masses of bullrushes and grasses. I got so lost that it was difficult to tell what the painting was about. Lesson learned. Here all the masses are laid in simply and quickly. It worked so I quit fussing.
Only say what needs to be said and then leave it alone. I think that painting is a lot like writing or speaking. Make your point and then stop diddling. If you say too much, your focus or point will be watered down or, worse yet, lost altogether.