The following image is the updated version of the painting that I have just uploaded to the web this evening.
Pictured below, is my first version of the painting. I have come to realize that i was so overcome by the beauty of the sky and the water reflections, that I neglected to properly represent the beach on the left hand side of the image. The colors of the beach are too intense and not in harmony with the lighting of the scene. In addition, the beach does not express the proper aerial perspective. It should become grayer and less intense as it get further away and is viewed through more and more air.
I now feel that the image more accurately reflects the beauty that I experienced on the beach that pleasant evening! However, I may think of something else later!
With time I have gained confidence to take extended periods of time to complete a painting. I learned this by taking Scott Nickerson's Master Classes at Colorest in Red Bank New Jersey. In these classes we recreate works of the old masters. I have discussed a number of these paintings in previous Blog posts, and they are in the various galleries on this website.
By recreating these old master works I learned the mind boggling detail and effort that these masters expended to create the works we value today. I appreciated why Vermeer may have only produced thirty some paintings in his lifetime!
This has given me the confidence to decide that I can take several months to finish a painting. It was something that I needed to learn. When I returned to painting nearly ten years ago, i got involved with plein air painting, which emphasizes an alla prima approach. This got me into a slap dash frame of mind. This is not to say that there are many talented artists in the plein air/alla prima field. However, it was not the discipline that I needed to master many of the basics. The master classes have given me this. I may return to all a prima work again in the future, but I will return with many crutial skills.