Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"The Original Attraction"

This was going in all the wrong directions for a while. 
Nothing was working together and I got lost. 
Then I remembered two things I learned from Jared Clackner 
at a workshop years ago. 
Number one, "When you don't know what you are doing, stop."
So I put it away for a few days.

"We're Out Back"
12 x 16

His other one was; 
"Make the thing that attracted you to the scene in the first place, 
what the painting is all about."  
In this case, it was that warm lit area behind the house drawing me in.   
So, when I went back at it, I adjusted all the values to make that stand out 
and I think it worked. 
I rarely go in and try to save bad paintings, 
but I'm glad I stuck with this one.  



  1. I'm glad you did too. I like this one. Good lessons to share. Thanks

  2. Excellent painting! And I love that: When you don't know what you're doing, stop. Perfect advice!

  3. Mission accomplished, I like this one and thank you for passing along the advice. Well said, I now hope I can apply it.

  4. I could have used that advice on the painting I just finished. Your blog always contains a lesson for me.

  5. I love the shadow shapes in the foreground...and the beautiful light on the house and beyond...very nice!

  6. Glad you stuck with it, love this one too!