I really had been at a loss as to what to do with the painting. I had some suggestions, like adding little flowers in the foreground (Thanks, Patricia!). I still felt like it needed more. So I pulled the painting into Photoshop and tried some things out. What I discovered was that I needed to take out the tree to the right. Everything felt crowed with that tree. I’d already removed the castle and felt successful about that, but this involved the ground, the mountains, and the sky; could I be successful at correcting all that?
Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
Here’s the painting after the tree was removed.
I have to say that I’m amazed I actually got the tree removed.
You will notice the big X on the painting. It is a square canvas and my new idea required me to find these sloping lines. You’ll see that X a little bit more here in this closeup picture of the tree removed.
So what am I going to add? Here’s my sketch:
It’s a girl releasing a bird from a cage. The bird is flying off to the left side of the center of the X and the girl’s head is lined up on the extending right leg of the X. I feeling the energy in this piece now.
More to come soon.