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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Five on a Fence #38
Painted from a photo my daughter sent me. Dusk was falling and even more turkeys were resting on her split rail fence. I decided I wanted to simplify the photo, but capture the mood of the dark shapes in the dusk. I scanned this when I was tempted to quit .... but we are supposed to feel free to experiment!!! So I kept on going.
I added the big tree first -- and then realized it grew right out of a turkey's back. Oops! But then I added the little limb in front of the trunk of the big tree (thanks heavens for a little opaque white)and more trees in the background.
Which one do you like better? Should I have kept it simple? I probably should crop a little off the right side ... too plain. It doesn't bother me on the top one, but the plainness does look unfinished on the bottom one.
Painted on mystery paper -- probably Arches cold press #140. Watercolor with masking fluid and just a touch of opaque white on background trees.