I was starting to wonder if this painting was EVER going to have any life to it, until late this afternoon when I added the shadow on the floor of the dock, and the piece magically started to come to life.
It’s amazing to me the way this strong shadow has completely changed the feeling of this painting. The strong contrast is what gives it the “punch.”
My tag line “color. light. contrast. beauty.” should probably always be the litmus test for me when I’m considering which of my photos will turn into strong paintings. If a painting has each of these four elements, it’s usually a winner for me. (Hopefully when this particular painting is done, I’ll feel like it belongs in that category.) But for now, I’ll keep plugging along, painting wooden boards… which can be a little boring, but certainly worth the effort!