Over the years I have learn to stop painting, set the painting up so that it will be the first thing I see when I walk in the studio the next day. Seeing it for the first time with fresh eyes. If it looks good, I turn it upside down, walk out of the room, come back again and usually I will see if something is out of place, the balance is off, color needs adjusting or contrast needs to be increased. It is a trick the mind and eye play well. Allowing another part of your brain to look at something in a different format.
Once this is done, I sign the work, photograph it, copyright it via photoshop, save to a file and it is ready for shows. So, I think I am done with another elephant painting. I enjoyed doing a little 4x12 so much that I did a similar one in 12x36. The big one will go in the solo show in June.
|"Never Forget" oil on canvas 12x36|