Oil on Canvas panel
On Location at El Matador
The winds kept growing stronger. I was freezing and had to work fast, but even with the sun barely making itself known it was still a great experience. El Matador rarely disappoints. It's one of the more unusual beaches in Southern California and even on an evening like this there were still several photographers, a bride and a groom plus a handful of models that had all made their way down the steep stairs. Carolyn Counnas braved the elements with me and we painted away.
I can always find something to improve in my paintings, (which can be a problem since it can cause me to work on something too long:). With this painting I felt happy about the fact that I was able to simplify, change the colors I saw slightly to make things read better and all in all design it so that the painting was a better version of what I saw. Not perfect, just my vision and interpretation of the experience being there. It's interesting, for me giving up on making it perfect has brought me more confidence in the way I paint.
What has helped you move to a new level in your painting?
(if you paint that is:)