|Stillness Before Dusk, 20x16" Pastel on board by Adriana Meiss|
This scene is one I have painted before (Mud Creek) and will probably paint again as it has many interesting features that can be varied to create different moods.
I learned many things in the process. After I thought it was done, I let it sit for a while on a shelf. Although I was happy with my original sketch, some things did not seem right. There was too much pink and too much open water that was competing in color with the sky. Some elements other than just color were needed in order to guide the eye to the focal area and to offer resting spots before getting there. Perhaps some lily pads or grasses? Back to sketching and problem solving. Thus, the clump of dark grasses in the foreground. Darkening the foreground water on the right also helped to create the feeling of more depth.
Lessons learned : 1. Be receptive to listen to what the work is telling you. My sister-in-law just gave me a great idea: talk to your work as if it were a living thing. You are likely to hear what your brain is telling you. 2. Allow yourself time to let the painting rest so you can correct any problems. The goal is to be really happy with the results.
I entered this painting in the Bold Brush competition for Dec. If you like it vote for it here.