Just finished this painting today, and have another small one almost done. With my first art fair, Art 2009 , drawing near, the crunch is on! I am quite excited about this painting as I made a conscientious effort to apply more paint to the canvas. After looking at a detail of the brush work of Australian artist Wayne Haag on his blog, I had a Eureka! moment. I am too stingy (not deliberately) with my paint. Although I am a confident painter, and my past paintings have definitely met with success, perhaps I am still caught up in my watercolor roots. Although the painting above is not textured, the paint is quite loaded on, in comparison to most of my other paintings. I really enjoyed painting this piece - and it wasn't just because I got to paint a scene of my daughter reflecting in the summer sunshine by Lake Huron.
Note: this is third of a a series I am tempted to call "The Reluctant Tourist" . Any one out there who has "forced" their children or teens to vacation or day trip will relate. Although I am not without sympathy - I certainly remember teen age trips with my parents, where I spent my time ducked down in the back of the car . Who knows who might have seen me?!