Better Than Before?

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Oil Paintings | 8 Comments

Happy Birthday Jenny and Debbie!

First there was this version:

Why didn’t I like this? Other people did, but they chose other sequoia oil paintings instead of this one, so maybe they were just being polite.

I thought it over while at a show, with time in between visitors to evaluate things.

My main conclusion was that it needed something, but I wasn’t sure what. So, I took it home and started messing with it.

Sunny Sequoias XXVIII, oil on wrapped canvas 8×10, $135 including tax

Does it look any more appealing now? I added more sky, dulled the distant trees a tad, and brightened the small foreground trees a teensy bit. The whole thing is much brighter in real life than on my screen here. And at the recent Perfect Gift Boutique, it attracted more comments than it did before renovation. However, it is still in my studio so it didn’t stir anyone to part with any money. Yet.

There is no way to be fully objective about one’s own work. 

8 Comments

  1. Jennifer Dougan
    November 27, 2017

    I like the addition of more sky, and the whiter highlights on the two center farther away trees. It does add depth, I think

    Hi! I got your letter and was so thrilled.

    More later,

    Jennifer

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    • cabinart
      November 27, 2017

      Thank you, Jennifer! I like it better now too. No need to answer my over-long handwritten letter – consider it a gift!

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  2. Sharon Devol
    November 27, 2017

    I like both of them, but if I had to choose . . . the bottom one mainly because the “baby trees” are highlighted and more realistic with the lighter green new growth. If that makes sense.

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    • cabinart
      November 27, 2017

      Sharon, it makes sense, but what if it didn’t make sense? 😎

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      • Sharon Devol
        November 27, 2017

        Then I would try again! And again. And again. 🙂

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        • cabinart
          November 27, 2017

          Cool – love your persistence!

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          • Sharon Devol
            November 27, 2017

            Persistence . . . or stubbornness. You be the judge!

          • cabinart
            November 27, 2017

            Every coin has two sides.

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