Three Times The Charm

18″ x 36″oil on canvas

This is one of those paintings that I just want to lay on the ground, flat on my back in absolute relief that it is finally over! I began this painting a year or so ago but after the initial block in, I decided to change it to a night scene. Once completed, I was unhappy with its somber mood so I decided to change it one more time. After each major change, I would set the painting aside for months, but a few weeks ago I knew it was time to get it done.

The smart thing I SHOULD have done in the very beginning was make a few small, different color studies which would have saved me a lot of time and frustration. Some artists would have scrapped it and began again but I built the canvas using 2″ wide stretcher bars and was unwilling to scrap it. I also loved the composition and on my third attempt painting this scene, I changed some of the background which now that it is done, I am really happy with.

Has anyone ever gone through changing their painting several times? I always work out my composition ahead of time but from now on, I will make sure to work out the color ahead of time. Below is the process of my initial composition, second painting (somber, nighttime version) and finally, the completed painting.

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