Deciding when to put the brushes down
Just when I wanted to take a mind-clearing walk at the end of an uncomfortably hot August day, the sky over Prospect Park turned crazy with clouds and I had to pause to take exactly one photo with my iPhone. Here’s the painting from that one snap.
The sky and the park really looked like this. In my excitement to paint the scene the tones in the sky got exaggerated just enough to skew the values overall. It has a cartoonish too-contrasty look that I’m not crazy about…but also not concerned enough with to keep working on. I’ve considered painting the scene again—sure that with a lighter sky the picture would work better—but brushes down on this one. Moving on to the next painting and perhaps I’ll revisit this on a cold, grey winter day.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14.25″ x 21.5″