|Completed oil on Ampersand panel 14 x 11 inches|
Painting involves a lot of time spent just looking. Looking at the subject, understanding the light, shadows, shapes and colors, because after all those are characteristics make a good work of art.
Often, after finishing a painting section, I set the painting somewhere to view easily. And after looking at it for awhile, I decide it is done, other times there is a growing feeling something is missing. Having the painting somewhere I can view it at different times of the day, under different light and with different moods the missing part becomes obvious.
This painting is an example, I loved the subject and the colors and thought I was done, but after a few days got that feeling it was missing something. Then it became obvious the composition was missing something…balance. I added the flower and it felt complete.
So take time and really look at your work, it sometimes has more to tell you.
Here are the before and after pics...