Day 16 Painting Challenge: Fixing a painting with an atmospheric change

September 17, 2014
"Misty Evening", 30 x 40" acrylic on canvas, Karen Gillis Taylor

“Misty Evening”, 30 x 40″ acrylic on canvas, Karen Gillis Taylor. Click all images for enlarged views.

I had a love/hate relationship going with this painting, and had to let it chill for several months before I could return and see what was bothering me about it. I loved the lower garden effects and colors, although they seemed a little too bright and intense. The top part of the painting was filled with dark buildings, their shapes too stark with harsh, cold edges.

I decided to take a brush with a wash of blue, to tone the entire painting. Immediately the lower garden plants were nicely subdued, yet still fairly vibrant. The buildings at the top took a dramatic change though, displaying softer edges and a misty fog that seems to engulf them.

I added a few more light buildings in the background to amplify the depth of the scene. Then came more of the misty light blue haze to further obscure the background in a mist. Now I’m happy with the results.

Misty Evening, detail

Misty Evening, detail

Misty Evening, detail 2

Misty Evening, detail 2

So I’m back to my thoughts of “all is not lost” when I have a painting I think just needs a few important changes that might create the dramatic overall difference. I’ll remember the “mist effect” for my future creations now.

 


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