I’m noticing more and more one of the side benefits of teaching art and that is the ability to conduct a productive critique of a painting. When you teach you are put in the position where you need to critique students’ work frequently. I have been fairly unsure of my ability to critique in the past but I notice that I can evaluate a painting whether some one else’s or my own much better now.
The reason I mention this is because this image was mostly done about 2 years ago when I was in an old trucks phase. It was an OK painting but definitely not a wow one and I had no idea how to help it. I recently took it out again and was much more able to see the design weaknesses in it. Fortunately, with watercolour you have a number of ways to rework or correct paintings and in this one I chose to use gouache. I worked into the background to create a greater sense of light and radically changed the direction of the grass shapes and shadows in the foreground and in the middle ground. Now it’s starting to look like a successful painting – just needing some cleaning up and some finishing
touches. I also added the mass of leaves at the top to give more of a sense that the truck is in the woods. Standing defiantly ready to get out.
watercolour 15″ X 12″