Sometimes I have an idea for a piece, I attack the work in my usual way and the result is okay but doesn't communicate my idea effectively. The picture below "Encounter" was one of those paintings that fell short but one that I couldn't resolve. My impulse for the painting was to express the innocence of this young girl and also her joy and freedom of new discovery, in this case her encounter with these Mallards. My original work resulted in a matter of fact, thickly rendered picture, not the ephemeral feeling I wanted.
I set the painting up on my easel this week, scraped it down and went at it with some transparent washes, prussian blue, veridian green and some yellows. I am much happier now. The little girl fairly glows and the scrapes and washes create an interesting surface that contribute to the idea.
"My Tribe", the portrait show will be opening at the Penticton Art Gallery later this month. It will be fun to see how they are presented in this new venue.