Thursday, March 24, 2011

The "do over"...almost a decade later

First Light on the Hay Field, 11 x 14
Completed this past week working from the
original painting (below).

Three Hay Bales at Sunrise, 8 1/4 x 11 3/4
Completed in 2002 from a glossy photo.

I thought it would be fun to redo an old painting from years ago, using only the original painting for reference.  Since the original was done before I started using a digital camera, my original reference photo was a glossy print, which I always found to drown out my dark areas.  Because of that, I didn't have good information to go on for my distant trees in my original painting.  Although I mostly liked this piece, I didn't care for that dark band at the top in which I tried my best to hint at those trees.  Since I've had this painting displayed in my studio for many years, I've had a long time to observe it, and many years of practice since I painted it the first time.  I liked the overall composition and kept that, but wanted to add more depth and a bit more definition to the top portion. I thought having some sunlight peek through the trees to open up that area would do the trick.  I also tried to add more richness to the color.  As with most artists, my use of color has evolved over the years, moving away from strickly local color. 


  1. Wow! What will your paintings be like 10 years from now? An artist never stops learning!

  2. hi there barb, just going through the archives, seeing if i can pick up some tricks. so grateful to view your process over time. i see quite a difference in your work. more consistency now, a better handling of palette, and an overall quieter appeal. this all give me great hope for my own work and progress. i hope one day to be near a work shop of yours, i really like how you can articulate the issues. i relate to so much of what you say. thanks, your sharing is much appreciated, and very generous!