Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Little Diversions...

For the past few months I've been working on two large (at least for me) paintings. One is a 24 x 24 the other a 20 x 28. They were both rather complicated set ups and at various stages in the process, barely escaped being chucked in the trash. Working through the rough spots, however, I learned much and actually ended up being happy with the duo.  
Whenever you rework flowers, it's easy to lose that spontaneous freshness. In an attempt to avoid that, and since the drawing  had good bones,  I decided to use my previous effort as a base and approached Sweet Sunshine with an alla prima mindset, painting extempore on top of the original and working wet into wet toward the finish. 
Thanks to these two little diversions,  I am back in my element ready to take on another biggie. Commission anyone?