"Thoughts on Painting"

Revisiting and Simplifying

I did a painting a while ago, and it's been hanging here bugging me, a real annoying bothersome thing giving my studio a negative vibe. I could've just put it away so I wouldn't have to look at it, but I knew there was a painting in there somewhere. There were things I liked about it. I figured why not rework it, simplify it, push the color and shape relationships and see what happens.

Here is the finished product... finished in the sense that I really need to let it go and move on for now.

This feel more like a finished, cohesive, simplified but strong painting. I still want to make some adjustments, but for now I must put it aside.

This feel more like a finished, cohesive, simplified but strong painting. I still want to make some adjustments, but for now I must put it aside.

I have to add that getting a color accurate digital image is very difficult. The image below and above were taken in different light, even though I tried to correct the color, it's difficult, especially when there's a lot of white involved.

Earlier today I thought I was finished. Silly me.

Earlier today I thought I was finished. Silly me.

I like this stage (below). This was from earlier this morning.

I find this very interesting, and I may try something similar to this as a finished painting later. But I couldn't leave it. The tiny ghost window on the right bothered me. One thing led to another...

I find this very interesting, and I may try something similar to this as a finished painting later. But I couldn't leave it. The tiny ghost window on the right bothered me. One thing led to another...

Here's a previous stage a few days ago.

Loose but messy. I really wanted simple shapes. I do like the idea of cropping the length by adding the wall at the right foreground. I feel like I'm spying on the house from behind the corner of a nearby building.

Loose but messy. I really wanted simple shapes. I do like the idea of cropping the length by adding the wall at the right foreground. I feel like I'm spying on the house from behind the corner of a nearby building.

I suppose I will also post the original painting.

Tight and fussy. Bleh bleh bleh.

Tight and fussy. Bleh bleh bleh.

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