Creative Process: Morning Ramble

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Morning Ramble, 20 x 16 inches

When I began this painting, I first completed a scaled color-study of the composition.Because I was working from a photo reference, I wanted to explore a few ideas and experiment on how I was going to simplify the busy and information filled background.

Something you may know about me, is that I am SUPER fascinated with detail, lots of texture, and complex shapes. However, detail and texture must be incorporated thoughtfully into a painting or else it will overwhelm the composition.

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Here is the 10 x 8 inches color study and other progress photos (all progress photos were taken with my iphone, so quality varies):

This was my progress completed in my first painting session.

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Here I am a few more days into the painting.

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More time dedicated into painting the garden background.

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Moving forward with the composition.

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Beginning to tackle the foreground and how Naomi connects with the Sweet William flowers in front of her.

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After I got this far, I wasn't completely satisfied with how Naomi stood out in the composition. So I began to mentally explore what changes I would need to do to make Naomi a stronger visual element in the piece.  Eventually I decided to alter the height of the tall plants that were to the left.

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And here is the completed painting.

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