So there are times I finish a painting before it's finished. If you see what I mean.
It happened with this painting, one of a family beach scene series. I wanted the diffuse light to play a big part and also the figures of course. I loved the main group of figures but I also wanted to get the mother hurrying towards her children in it somewhere.
The ideal place was to the left of the group, but I didn't really pay enough attention to how I executed the figure and she was all a bit too heavy for the composition. I have to admit I do struggle with composition at times. Anyway I finished off the painting and it hung in a gallery for a while and nobody bought it.
When I got it home I knew it wasn't one of my best. It just wasn't right.
So I've had a rethink.
Lightened the figure on the left.
Changed the colour of the bucket.
Little things can make a big difference.
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