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I’ve realized that I tend to wait until the afternoon to start painting because it takes until about then for the marine layer to burn off and the sun to come out. Not that I don’t love gray days for painting, but it is easier to get a pop when painting sunlight. For me, this piece is as much about the space between the marigolds, the daisies, and the pumpkin as the things themselves.
As I was writing this, I realized I wanted much more of that pop and decided to re-paint the shadow area and the area surrounding the marigolds. This is like double work, with the photo and photoshop and uploading but hey, what can you expect during Mercury Retrograde, especially when you have a lot of mercury in your chart like I do. At least I think it is an improvement and saying more of what I wanted to now. And the little blue daisy vase (which made its debut in my paintings after being bought a few years ago at a garage sale) blew over in the wind, spilled water all over the blue paper (which I had to throw away), and now has a little crack on its stem. Was it worth it?!
I guess what I did was first have the upper half reflecting the warmth of the marigolds. In the second (top) version, I have the whole blue background more unified to contrast with the warmth of the warm flowers and pumpkin. I think it works better??! Or do you like the one underneath better and I should learn to leave well enough alone?