Sometimes, there’s just something about a painting that you love that spoils it. And the worst part is when you can’t figure it out. Or maybe the second worst part. For me the worst part is realizing what you need to fix… after it’s sold.
So I’ve wondered over the years why ‘Salton Sea Sunset II’ never sold. It won an award at the county fair and a lot of people loved it. But. I realized there was always something about the rocks. The way I had done the shadows on the rocks made them look like they were floating balls. I realized this when I was working on two commissions of a similar view, both of which involved reproducing an existing painting(s), which had rocks in the water.
As I was painting the shadows of the rocks – or the waves and rills where they sit in the water, I realized what I was doing wrong. Now they look like rocks!
I’m actually glad I didn’t sell that oil painting – now that I’ve fixed it I’m really** happy with it. Hopefully the leap to the level of perfection will mean it now will find its forever home. Here it is, strutting it’s stuff on the website.