Much of this third day I spend exploring evocative color relationships in the contrasting play of light and shadow, adding subtle warm colors into the cool-dominating shadows.
On day-2 of Slow Ruin I continued organizing a flowing distribution of interesting shapes and contrasting values. Strengthening the darks in the foreground shadows adds additional mystery and drama to the scene.
At the beginning of my art training, my high school art instructor gave some valuable advice: “The secret to making great art is knowing when to quit.” A surgeon-friend with a love of painting shared his own version of this advice, impressed upon him in his medical training; “The enemy of good is better.” A surgeon can finesse a patient to death was my friend’s sobering commentary. It’s good to be an artist!
Even with only a canvas or drawing at stake I do stay vigilant from the moment I begin a my work, aware that at anytime I may see something I like too much to risk losing. At that moment, if I’m smart, I call it quits.
However, for now this painting continues….