On the last day.....
..... of my painting classes we do a critique at the end of the day. Coincidentally, this old painting floated to the studio surface the week before. It was done about ten years ago...maybe more.... and I felt it lacked something back then, and it hadn't improved itself in all those years.
So, to get people into the spirit of looking critically at their work, I propped it up on an easel and asked the group what could be done to improve it. At first they seemed to be hesitant but as one person after another offered a suggestion the bus got rolling. We talked each of the suggestions over and what you see is the end result.
Not much was really added. It was a series of subtle changes: petals and leaves fallen on the bottom rug, a leaning screwdriver, some flower buds, a curtain cord....nothing substantial in any one change but it added up and now I like the piece. They were all changes to move the eye. 'We get by with a little help from our friends.....'
I used to build and set up room interiors for my paintings. This 'farm porch' was one of them. Henry Stinson has done this much more than I have, making whole bathrooms and beauty salons. You should go take a look at Henry's stuff (HERE). We studied with many of the same artists....but when you see his paintings you'll see how differently people can interpret the same information. Henry's a great guy. If you ever are able to study with him you will learn a lot.
I'll be back in about a week.
Thanks for looking.
(Oh yeah. I have a gouache workshop coming up on April 9th, a marker workshop in May, a two session portrait party in April and the Italy workshop in October is almost full but you could still get in, I think. Go to the Winslow Art Center to learn more.)