Here are examples of the proposition that no picture is ever finished. I previously posted most of these images in their earlier incarnations. Now, you can compare the previous with the present. These paintings have been distracting me in my studio this past month.
First, here is a recent painting of the vista from Rockefeller Center. Example one is the before and example two is the after. I wanted to push the color contrast and the feeling of atmosphere in the after image.
Next, is a before and after (examples 3 and 4) of a bridges painting which I built up with successive overlays. In the before example the image canted too awkwardly to the right and lacked sufficient color contrast.
My third comparison has a twist (examples 5 and 6). The previous image is a study 24×24 for a later version which is 36×36. I had posted the 24×24. Here I invested Times Square with a forested plaza. I previously noted parallels with Stieglitz’s photo of the Flat Iron building and other artists’ works. In the after image I departed further from those parallels. Again, I wished to push the contrasts and introduce some semi-opaque glazing for atmospheric effects.
A new theme for me this fall was to visually climb inside meadow plants like wild grape or porcelain berry. This image also received additional selective blue glazing as you can see. (Examples 9 and 10)