As I wind down on my studio immersion this month, I find myself in one of the hardest parts of my process: those last little changes that will either rescue a piece or destroy it. Ok it's not that dramatic really, but it feels that way. Can I risk changing a shape or mark or colors that is ok but maybe is causing the work to be less than great? Will just a small addition turn the whole thing around. In this painting I was struggling with the large stone in the foreground. The shadows didn't make sense but after making a small change it suddenly popped into place. I am now working on the lower left corner which may need to be stronger in order to balance the large stone. Oh for the freedom of a blank canvas!
Just a few weeks ago I stood in a newly mown field with these giant and majestic stones. They are part of the West Kennet Avenue, a double row of stones leading south from Avebury Circle. The front stone symbolizes the female element, partnered with the male element. This in process painting uses a new technique that I am thrilled about: layers of distemper or rabbits hide glue under the wax. I love the subtle colors and marks that sit behind the watercolor.