George Washington's River Farm in Alexandria, VA is the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society and a haven for garden enthusiasts. The old mansion has a lovely porch looking out the Potomac River. On a hot, hot summer morning last August, the porch was glowing in the sunlight. Hard to resist, yet difficult to paint, I nevertheless tackled the subject.
I was not satisfied with the result and had put it away until today. I realized that I had somehow lost the brilliant light in my struggle with drawing. No light, no point. That's the bottom line. A number of things were done to restore the light and heat. I am learning a lot by working on old paintings that had been bugging me during this winter. One thing is never to give upon a painting. As I grow as a painter, I sometimes seem to figure out what is wrong with a piece on my own. A good thing.