While looking through reference photos last night, I stopped at one that had caught my eye before. In the distance, a rower in a small row boat on the lake. After zooming and cropping, I found an image and design that I liked. I’m starting to second-guess parts of this painting, now that I’ve had a day away from it and see it here online. Although the water on the left had reflected sky and light through the trees, I’m not sure it does the painting any good. There’s not an area for the eye to rest. I may try blocking it back out, or making the color/value shifts too dramatic. Also, that blue in the water is too close to the blues elsewhere in the painting, especially the t-shirt. If I’d kept to greens there, it would probably have given the figure additional emphasis.
I can see reading other blogs we do a lot of second-guessing. Not sure I’ll get back to this one, if I do, I’ll post an update. In the meantime, your thoughts are welcome!