" Red Figure on Beach"
14 x 18 Oil
Framed another painting this week. It is a 14 x 18 oil of a subject I had been wanting to revisit, and finally got around to doing over the winter.
The original version of this painting was 16 x 20 and painted back in late 90's when I was first taking painting classes with Marty Poole at 171 Cedar Arts Center.
I remember how excited I was to have created a painting which had a mood. Up until then, most of our paintings had been subjects he had chosen, but this particular session we brought in our own subject matter. In my case, I brought in a photo of a women in red I had passed on a beach in Maine.
It makes a difference. I learned that the more you can relate to the subject, the more you will enjoy the painting experience.
Back then, I put it in the student show under the title, "Solitude", which I have since learned is one of the most overused, most generic titles for a painting.
The original is on the left and the new one is on the right
The new one is brighter and has a cloud formation in the distance. The figure is moving into the light. Overall less stormy. Probably says something about my outlook these days.