|Wren and Prickly Pears|
10 x 8
Pastel on Art Spectrum Sanded Terra Cotta Paper
It's good to get back to painting, and amazing how quickly one (well me anyway) forget the basics - like composition and value. This is one of those paintings I didn't fully take to a thumbnail sketch before I started. Had I done that, I may have immediately seen that my initial pass at this was too centered and was missing values or contrast. I cropped the piece from 12 x 9 to 10 x 8 and also punched up the value/contrast on the pears and the bird.
Painting is like exercise. One has to keep it up. I'm glad to be feeling better and getting closer to finding my muse.