I finished a new painting! This is always an exciting moment for me. It means I’m satisfied with what I’ve done, and that I can begin something new.
I painted my favorite subject again, the James River, but I threw in an element of experimentation. In my previous reflections I was tending towards abstraction, but this painting is realist. My experiment lies in the lower right quadrant, where I laid down a patch of thick gel and stippled the left part with an old toothbrush and scratched the right part with a toothpick in long, thin grassy shapes. I then painted over this texture. It gives a very satisfied depth and movement to what could have been a flat uninteresting section of the canvas.
I plan to use texture more often in the future, I like where it’s taking me.