I can’t decide

Is it done?

I can’t decide if this is done or not. Sometimes I like the reflection area above the lily pads and sometimes I don’t.  I think I need to lighten it, maybe with a glaze, maybe with some repainting.  So much fussing with these three pond paintings.  

I have started working on two new house commissions so these acrylics will be on the back burner for a bit.  Maybe I will get a little perspective.

Day two and three

Color, day two

Day three

Slowly but surely, this is coming together.  Surprisingly, I am actually fussing the most with the pinkish reflection on the top.  I really like it in my reference photo, but I am having a hard time balancing it here.  A lot of work to go.

New pond painting

The underpainting and drawing

First acrylic layer

I really love these pond paintings. There is something so freeing about putting on the paint here. I concentrate on the colors more than the absolute structure of the image and let the brushes fly.  So different form the pen and ink work.

I wanted to put in the reddish reflections from the Boise Train Depot roof on the upper area to pop up the color palette.  It’s not quite right yet, but I am working on it.

Finished, I think.

Finished

Mostly I am fussing with this now, so I think I just need to stop.  I must have painted over that hill in the distance at least a half a dozen times.  I faded it out with some glaze and redid the shrubs and lower sky so much that I was having trouble seeing what effect I wanted.  Still, I am happy to set it back for a while.  It feels balanced and, as ever, it looks better in real life than in the photo.  I can only manage to color correct so much in my Photoshop Elements.  It has to sit for 2 weeks before I varnish it for listing.  Maybe my perspective will change by then, but I can live with it now.