30 Nov Eagle at Spencer getting a makeover
Posted November 29, 2015 from Seattle, WA
When our friends Richard and Gay saw the painting “Eagle at Spencer” when it was down in New Mexico (That version was posted in my last blog) Richard might have been reading my mind because the first thing Richard said was “Don’t change a thing.”
I totally appreciated the comment and filed it away under “nice complements from friendly people.”
But it wasn’t going to be happen. Even if the painting was really good at that point, which I dispute, I’m just not the type to leave well enough alone. But in this case, in my opinion the painting was too sparse and empty. My current solution is to add a young Doug Fir behind the dead Alder. I think I like this so far, although, as is the case a lot lately, I’m having trouble with the technical work, trying to make the scene look modestly realistic.
My plan is to work on it for a few more days without making any compositional changes, then take the painting in to Brett Corrington at the Artist Eye Studio and have it photographed and get copies out at the store so I can hopefully get feedback from customers.