Have you ever been two thirds into a painting and find you don’t know how to finish it?
This usually happens when working from photo reference that was cropped too close, there’s more story out there, you just can’t see it, or you veered away from your reference material with an idea, but found yourself lost in the forest. “The Girl in a Gold Dress” was the first scenario.
I liked what was happening up to this point, but could sense things could fall apart if I didn’t pay more attention to the unity. So this is the time that I need to start asking myself some questions:
- If I saw this painting (painted by someone else), and really liked it, what would it look like? It would be strong, and simply rendered.
- What would make it stronger? Simplify the color, nothing weakens a painting like patches of unrelated color. Too much color can fracture an image and that’s what was starting to happen here. Get rid of the red, blue and orange. Concentrate on the main golds and violets.
Things started to come around, less really is more.
The dress, though complex in it’s texture was fun to translate into staccato strokes of browns violets and golds.