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It was great to have some time to paint today. I was off work at 1 pm and spent my afternoon and evening painting, in between laundry, dinner, and applying a few hundred rhinestones onto my daughter's newest Latin dance dress. Guess I'm a multitasker! Anyway, I worked on the rocks, the bridge, and the water in the foreground today. It needs more work...the bridge looks too outlined, so I need to soften that. The reflections too, a bit too stark. The island isn't finished, it will get some plants I think.
It's been so odd to show people these awkward, ugly duckling steps along the way to (hopefully) producing a finished painting. It's even odd to see them myself, at intervals...I've never done this before. It's pretty cool though. I hope some of my family, friends and Facebook 'fans' are finding it interesting to see how it happens. It does also seem to give me more motivation to keep working on it frequently. Don't know if I've ever painted a canvas this large and a composition this complex in such a short time...just one month now, in eight sessions....which for me is fast. I do wish I could paint full time, but I have a job, a family, five pets, and a tight budget. I think I may make a goal for next year of painting one new work each month (except December!) I think I might actually be able to do that. Anyway, for this one, I think one or two more sessions may do it.