Oil Cans - 11x14 Oil on Masonite
This painting was problematic from the very beginning. I started with a very poor reference and learned that I will never use such a poor reference again!
While vacationing over the 4th of July last year, I was attracted to these old oil cans from Tom's parents cottage at the Thousand Islands, so hastily pulled them out and photographed them before we left.
Note to self: Don't rush to set up a still life. Take your time and make it right from the get go!
Over the last year, I have reworked these oil cans what seems like a gazillion times. Eventually, I created a table for them to sit on, as if they are in a workshop, and put a sign on the wall to balance the composition. And, created a passageway for the eye to come between the two middle cans.
I also lightened and darkened the background numerous times to see how it would change the dynamics of the painting. I even sanded it off one time to get rid of the layers of paint that had accumulated from the
effort to salvage the painting.
But most of the time, I had drawing problems, because the reference was different than the new environment for them. Most of them I resolved, but that left me with other problems.
When you rework a painting as many times as I did this one, you lose a lot. It becomes a train wreck. I am calling it quits on this painting. Time to move on.