Have you ever had a painting that you liked but no else seemed to? About a year ago I did a painting while I was taking a class at the The Art Center in Indianapolis. The class was Drawing for Painters and I tried to take the drawings made in class and to turn them into paintings. That’s what it was all about. During one class I took two photos made while we lived in Heidelberg and combined them. I had just completed the book Color Choices by Stephen Quiller and wanted to work with complementary colors. I painted most of the painting using blues and purples played against their complements, yellows and oranges.
I liked this painting but most responses were ho-hum. Last week, I pulled it out of its frame and started working with it. I have a tendency to avoid dark values but I realized I needed more variety in the values. I also tried to neutralize the color in most of the painting. I think the painting is better now. More true to life – weathered, stained, worn. I don’t know if I will frame it again but this was a great learning experience.
I tried to maintain a sense of the jewel-like tones I achieved originally in the frame of the arch (Instructor Irina complemented me on them at the time). I think the feeling of depth is better. Well OK – I think I like it!