In case you are thinking that I haven't painted much in May, here is what I have been up to. I have been busy taking care of my family and garden. I have been also working on old paintings to see if I can improve them. As an oil painter knows, an oil painting is not finished until the artist cannot take it anymore!
For instance, look at the old "Strawberry Pickers" below. I was no longer happy with the painting I did in 2011. Although I liked the gestures of the figures, the rest of the painting lacked oomph. In the "after" version above, the colors are more saturated and brushstrokes are more confident. These days I paint as if I mean it. The painting is filled with the joie de vivre. I am bursting with energy so much that the painting doesn't stop at the edges and continues into the sides!
The painting is about the celebration of joyous spring, luscious strawberries and, above all, carefree youth. The updated version conveys the message more clearly, don't you think?
|"Strawberry Pickers" in the original state; what's up with all the busy strawberry leaf details in the foreground!|