SUMMER SHADE 2009, 36" x 36" Acrylic on Gallery Stretched Canvas.
I never did finish Summer Shade to my satisfaction. Hanging in the hall to my studio, I kept passing it everyday. Then a couple of weeks ago, I picked up a piece of black pastel and started drawing into it. I liked it better the more black lines I added.
Yesterday I smudged my white pants carrying the canvas back into the studio. While my pants were in the washing machine, I drew into the painting permanently with acrylics, a mahogany mix and a mix of Thalo BG and Dioxinine. The woods began to look as menacing as it did to me in 2009 when I photographed it. Menacing was what I was after all along. I had been too timid with this one. I finally felt satisfied when I turned off the lights. The scene, (my feelings about it),was sitting right at long last. Obviously, I need a lengthy observation period before done is really done. How about you?
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