Yesterday was all about the newest painting, "Two." After working hard to make the two figures feel correct I went into the background and made it a deeper green. It looks worse in person than it does in today's reproduction. The green seemed to go on OK, but at the end of the day I found it dreadful. The color is definitely a mismatch for this painting. Green does not work as a local, or as an atmospheric, color. I walked out of the studio with little energy, and a feeling of loss, a depressed mood based upon my failure to see properly.
Before I leave you I want to write a little about the good stuff that happened yesterday. The two figures became more substantial in form and expression. I can feel the emotive nuances of the painting beginning to take shape; these include the body language of the entire figures, and the figures' relationships to one another, as well as the hands, feet, and facial expressions. Development of the figures will not move much today, as I will work to make the background participate better in the overall painting. The figures are obviously the most important elements in this painting; their painterly world should emphasize them, not detract from them, or distract the viewer.
Today I hope to have time to work on the painting "Pond" as well. I have said this before and ended being involved in other problems to solve. Check in tomorrow to find out how it all went down.
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