Yellow Roses and Pear, 11x14" oil on linen, ©Diane Mannion
Let It Go!
Set this still life up with north light window and spotlight from the same side. Fresh flowers! Favorite vintage 50's pitcher and real pear. Was such a delight to paint that I had to force myself to stop.
Kept seeing more and more details, the more I looked the more I saw. There comes a point when you have to stop, LET IT GO! I'm happy with what I captured about this setup. Like the rhythm and movement and color. Kept adding more details but did not want to reach that dreaded "over-worked" stage.
Perhaps it's the plein air influence where a scene has to be captured on the fly. Wanted this to have a more considered look... but still somewhat loose. I didn't want it to look like a photograph where every area is given the same importance. Wanted instead, to direct the composition, light, and color with more feeling. Does that make sense?