|Pondering Degas 30 x 40|
Sometimes you have to live with a painting for a long time before you can call it done. That happened with "Pondering Degas".
The original version was done in a flurry several months ago when I hired a model and set her up next to a sumptuous bouquet of flowers. I was excited by the colour, the marks and the light and couldn't see the piece very rationally. But I did know that it wasn't quite done. So I put it up in the living room to examine every day.
Over time, what I decided was that it wasn't as refined as I wanted and it was just too darned pink! So last week I painted over the warm background with a cool, greenish gray and threaded neutrals throughout the flowers. I refined the face, hand and table top and could finally call it done.
She can leave the living room now and head out into the world. I'm proud of her.