I have painted the same scene twice before. Yes, I like it that much. It is a creek down the street where I live. I took the reference photo many years ago before the age of digital cameras. Because of the severe erosion caused by heavy rainfalls over the years, this stretch of Holmes Run doesn't look quite the same anymore. As it hasn't snowed much last winter, I keep painting the same enchanting winter wonderland from my old print.
I have been rereading Kevin Macpherson's Landscape Painting Inside and Out for the umpteenth time. I think I finally get it. He talks about the light and shadow families and keeping them separate throughout the painting session. He also emphasizes using MORE PAINT. I tried my darned best to paint as if I meant it, with as fewest strokes as possible.
|"Fresh Snow" (oil, 8" x 10")|
You probably cannot tell much difference between the new painting and the old one ("Fresh Snow") other than the temperature difference (caused by the quirks of photography), but I assure you that I had a lot more fun with the new one and painted it faster. Of course, painting fast is not the goal, but the speed implies decisiveness and enthusiasm. The way I painted "Morning after Snowfall" is the direction I am pursuing--bolder, fresher, and more lively.