Normally I don't fiddle with my plein air work in the studio afterwards, but in this case I'd done such an awful job of the cow that I decided to remedy it in the studio that same night while the paint was still wet. That's the second image you can see there - much better cow, no? The next day (yesterday) I showed the painting to my painting buddy John Crump and he challenged me to put more 'oomph' into it. He asked me if I was scared when I was painting. "Yes" I replied, "I am scared when I'm painting!". Not all the time, but yes I'm often afraid to make the tough choices in a painting. I thought how odd that is, and what could I achieve if I set forth to paint without fear? So I fiddled with the painting in photoshop to come up with an idea that had stronger contrast and more vibrant colour. Happier with the design I set to work last night to create the studio painting you see below, without fear. Finally I produced a painting which is as I said to Helen last night, 'a painting I'd see in a gallery and wish I'd painted it'.
Forgive my gushing, and please put it down to the artists temporary infatuation with his latest painting. Tomorrow I'll want to do something better. That's the artist's lot.
"Into Paradise" 17x13.5" Oil on Canvas
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