Evolution of a Painting
Back to the rock wall I see every weekend on my way to grocery shopping at Fairway. In fact, there are several rock walls I like: one on route 87 just north of Riverdale, and two near Costco. Getting my husband to slow down long enough for me to get a good look at them and then actually take a picture has been a lot of fun. But I digress.
Here again is my quick watercolor sketch of the one on the way to Fairway.
It’s not bad for a start, but it lacks a strong center. None of the shapes dominate. I probably need to move the diagonals on the left further to the left to expand the center.
So I did three smaller sketches, one of which I like.
I moved the diagonals over to the right side and enlarged the center. Not bad, but I wanted to do it larger and go back to the original composition.
This is much better. It has a strong center, the brush strokes are more varied and there is more of a feeling of depth.
If at first you don’t succeed … actually you often don’t succeed the first time around. Each sketch teaches you something and eventually you get it right.