|"Roses & Clementines", Oil on Panel, 12"x 16"|
I frame most of my paintings and hang them all over my house. I spend a lot of time studying them, deciding what I like and what I don't like. I think we can learn a lot when we take stock of where we were and where we are now in our journey. One of the things I love about working in oils is the ability to go back and rework a painting even years later. I just reworked this painting for the second time. The first time I had a very flat background and decided to go wild on it with a palette knife and lighter color. (See Below). After a year of looking at it I realized the background was just way to busy and took away from the subject of the painting. I also saw that the inside of the roses on the right were too large of a mass of one color. I have done many more roses since I did these and I knew just how to fix them. While I was at it I figured I might as well fix the the leaves on the left. They were so stiff and artificial looking.