Monday, September 09, 2013
"Mailbu Canyon" ©
When I started this blog 7 years ago and I saw paintings that I thought were finished on the computer screen I would see glaring portions that I had failed to address. Usually I had things all lined up in a neat row or the values so close that shapes were not clearly defined or a very strong angle screaming for the viewer to "look here", all very wrong for my style of painting. After posting on the blog I would then "fix" these issues and move on to start the next painting.
For the first time I posted this painting on Facebook before the blog and again I saw many little things that needed tweaking. I hope this helps other artists when critiquing your own paintings. So often we paint in the vacuum of our own studios without another set of eyes to look at a painting and a viewer to offer helpful suggestions for improvement. Try photographing the painting and looking at it on your computer monitor in a small size. You might be surprised at the different perspective the computer screen provides.
Oil on Canvas, 20" X 24"