2013! New Year’s morning is always a nice time to go out painting because there is nobody around. This was painted over a painting from the summer (I think) that I didn’t like. I still don’t like it.
This location is why I bought these elongated panels because it’s always a tough scene for me to compose and I just can’t capture the space adequately. I had included a lot of specifics and really didn’t like it so I got a little sloppy and repainted it. It’s a small improvement, but I’m still losing interest in plein air painting. It feels stuck uncomfortably between realism and abstraction. I want to push it further towards abstraction but on a cliff above the river overlooking a beautiful vista I feel bullied by the scene and feel forced to kneel before the spectacle. It’s too beautiful. My painting could never do justice to the beauty.