Ground Hog Day, Autumn Silhouette, painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn
Happy Ground Hog Day! Wishing you in the frozen northlands an early spring! No shadow, Spring is near.
Acrylic on Canvas, 20"x24"
I’ve been working on Autumn Silhouette since I posted about improving it here. As I feared, once you change something in a painting all the relationships change. There was much more work to do than just changing the direction of the clouds, but when you compare the pieces you see that the extra work was most necessary. Luckily, this is fairly easy to do in acrylic paint.
The clouds have been lightened and are now floating through the sky in a much lighter manner. The direction is better, too. The values in the whole piece were strengthened and sometimes corrected. The weeds at the base of the palm are much more interesting and believable, and the color of the distant brush line has been softened.
Sometimes we don’t notice when a painting isn’t quite right. Sometimes the painting doesn’t sell, and we recognize the problem when taking a second look. No matter how we discover something isn’t quite right, once we notice it, it’s always worth the extra work to correct it.