Climb at Dusk
...just as the light of day starts to disappear. Acrylic collage painting on thin birch panel 5.75 x 9 inches.
It is important to recognize what you want, and to try to get that quality in a painting. There are lots of times when you won't know what you want....let's leave all that alone for just a minute. When you DO know what you want, try to get that, rather than settling for something that is approximate. Oftentimes you'll be able to get quite close to what you want. If you match up 1, 2, 3, 4....just a few things in a painting to your want...you'll be surprised by how strongly the result affects you. A simple example: here the desire was to get a particular relationship between the 3 stark things...the sky colour, the tree masses, and the vivid white foreground. I started by collaging the sky colour in....it was close but that didn't seem quite right, but I didn't recognize that till later, so I collaged the sky in again afterwards with a heavier grey that suited better. Many times I would have left that sky colour and fiddled with something else. Not addressing that desire would be a mistake and it needs to be recognized as such.
It helps to just ask yourself WHAT YOU WANT and try to deliver that.
A lot of times you won't know what you want....but we'll leave that for another time....