I really wanted to get yesterday's still life finished so that I could move on to something new.
I don't enjoy returning to work on a painting, I feel like the original inspiration has been lost and it becomes a bit of a slog to complete it. I sometimes feel nervous about spoiling what I've previously done so become a bit more tentative. Alternatively, I can feel tempted to adjust what was done the day before and so loose the spontaneity, practically repainting the whole thing.
So it ended up taking me just as long to finish the last two apples as it did to paint the whole of the rest of the still life! But at least I did resist the temptation to repaint the work that I did yesterday.
Once its completely dried and oiled out I'll be able to see if it needs any more work. Some areas had already partially dried and become matte so it was difficult to see exactly how the painting will work as a whole. I couldn't risk oiling it out this morning in case the paint just lifted off. Fingers crossed it will be ok.
I thought I'd also tackle the foreground in this landscape painting (which was daily painting no 21). I referred to a photo and memory to make it up, also darkening the tree trunks to increase the sense of light behind them.
So, no daily painting for today, but I'm ready to do one tomorrow.
I am a realist painter, working in oils, painting landscape and still life.
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