An idea I heard at the Stephen Quiller workshop I took 2 summers ago was, ‘make the painting about what it’s about’. To me, this meant, identify the main idea of the painting and emphasize that. A few days ago I posted an image, Cascade. When I lived with that image I came to realize that the main idea was the interplay of the colourful tree and the more muted background. A lot of the original image, particularly the left side of the painting wasn’t really adding anything to the painting. This cropped version of that image is, I feel, much stronger.
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