by Brenda W. Clough
This was a paint-from photograph class, and as you can see (I append the original photograph at the bottom here) I have wandered far. Furthermore, I infected the rest of the class; others began suddenly casting reality to the winds, making seasides sunny, adding multicolored fields of flowers, etc.
However, in this fourth effort I think I have balanced better the overwhelming tendency to green and Naples yellow.It helps, I think, to have a completely different color as the under-painting — all that purple and blue still peeps through a lot, lending the thing more depth than the straight slapping down of green which can be viewed in versions 1 and 2. And that is a valuable tool. I must remember (if and when I go further with oils) to never begin with the work as it looks, or as it is going to look. First I must bounce up and down on the trampoline with some purer, zanier hue. (I have an awful lot of purple paint in my box at this moment.) Only after that dries, do I execute a back flip as a thin layer of reality goes on!